This is the first in a new semi-regular series taking on climate change data and health. Future posts will cover such topics as extreme heat, drought and flooding, vector borne diseases and more.
Each post will include information on data sources, how does it affect health and adaptation resources.
Before digging into specific climate change related issues: What is climate change? What data do we have to show that it’s happening? And what can people do?
From NASA’s Climate Kids: “Climate change describes a change in the average conditions — such as temperature and rainfall — in a region over a long period of time. NASA scientists have observed Earth’s surface is warming, and many of the warmest years on record have happened in the past 20 years.”
Climate.gov (NOAA)-Climate literacy, data snapshots, 10+ indicators tracked over time, regular updates and posts, and more.
Climate Change Indicators in the United States (EPA)-Providing evidence of changes and their impacts on people and the environment from EPA partners including dozens of data contributors.
Dig into the Data: Explore the Climate Indicators (EPA)
Climate Change Data (CDC-National Environmental Public Health Tracking)-Datasets to better understand how climate changes can influence human health.
Climate change affects health through extreme temperatures and heat related illness, flooding and larger storms leading to water and food contamination, higher pollen, mold and air pollution, spread of vector borne diseases and more. Learn more:
From the EPA: “Climate change adaptation or climate adaptation means taking action to prepare for and adjust to both the current and projected impacts of climate change.” Learn more: