15: Human Health

Human Health explores what is known about climate-related public health threats, including those associated with extreme heat, air quality (including dust and fire-related particulates), and changes to disease vectors (such as mosquito populations); looks at the factors that interact with and complicate disease transmission and risk; and reviews public health and adaptation planning.


Brown, H. E., A. C. Comrie, D. M. Drechsler, C. M. Barker, R. Basu, T. Brown, A. Gershunov, A. M. Kilpatrick, W. K. Reisen, and D. M. Ruddell. 2013. “Human Health.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 312–339. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Climate change will increase heat-related morbidity and mortality and will affect respiratory health from increased wildfire particulate matter.
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