Climate Change

Climate Change Recent Reports and Resources

Climate Change Recent Reports and Resources

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

A recent report released from the White House addresses the public and environmental health impacts of climate change. The report was informative and helped bridge the gap between climate change and environmental health. NEHA’s Director or Government Affairs, Joanne Zurcher, was at the White House during  the live streamed event and NEHA members were invited to participate in the exclusive White House call that followed the publicized live streaming event.

During the call NEHA members were able to engage in a question and answer session with the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John P. Holdren, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Also during the call the report was summarized to cover key findings about climate change and its effects on public and environmental health.

Many of the key findings addressed the many environmental health topic areas that NEHA aims to help the public understand through our EH Infographic.


The President's Clean Power Plan

Historic carbon pollution standards were introduce by President Obama in August of 2015. 

"Environmental health professionals work in your communities to protect your air, food, and water.  The President’s Clean Power Plan builds on our profession’s efforts to create safe and healthy communities by limiting carbon pollution from power plants, which will improve and protect the public’s health now and for years to come. We welcome and support this significant milestone." David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH  
Executive Director, NEHA

View The Clean Power Plan Fact Sheet from the White House


Article by The Lancet Climate Commission:

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change issued “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” with the imperative that “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” The Commission reaffirms the severity of the threat climate change poses to health globally, but adds support for action, finding that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. This report examines the latest health data and arrives at ground-breaking conclusions."

"With the increasing frequency weather-related events such as the tornado and flood warnings that hit Denver (June 25), it is heartening to see climate change getting the attention it deserves. Environmental health professionals have been on the frontline and have witnessed firsthand the real health effects of climate change that have been reported in the Lancet Commission Report on Health and Climate (June 23, 2015). Our members are the experts who work tirelessly to make our communities safer and healthier places to live and will no doubt be instrumental in the actions suggested in the Lancet."  David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, Executive Director, NEHA

This is an important time in environmental health — the health threats from climate change are probably the most critical environmental health issue today. Environmental health professionals are the ones working to protect people's health and its environment—air quality, healthy homes, water, built environment, food safety/security, and more. NEHA supports the Lancet report that ‘tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.’ This is a priority for NEHA.”  Vanessa DeArman,  Sustainability Project Coordinator, NEHA


Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Franci Father Francis on Care for our Common Home:

On May 24, 2015 Pope Francis became the first pope to ever address climate change

Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home

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Climate Changes Health Webinar - Mental Health

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series with Climate for Health investigating the health impacts of climate change, Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. Each individual webinar sponsored and moderated by a leading health organization.

Climate Changes Health - Healthy Community Design

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series with Climate for Health investigating the health impacts of climate change, Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. Each individual webinar sponsored and moderated by a leading health organization.

Climate Changes Health Webinar - Children's Health

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webibnar series with Climate for Health investigating the health impacts of climate change, Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. Each individual webinar is sponsored and moderated by a leading health organization.

Climate Changes Health - Allergies & Asthma

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webibnar series with Climate for Health investigating the health impacts of climate change, Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. Each individual webinar is sponsored and moderated by a leading health organization.

NEHA: Bringing Awareness to Climate Change

NEHA Celebrates National Public Health Week 

NEHA is bringing attention to the relationship between climate change and environmental health. Environmental health professionals are improving and protecting the public’s health today and for future generations. NEHA’s executive director believes that environmental health can create and sustain healthy communities by limiting carbon pollution from power plants, factory farms and others by limiting these climate change inducing emissions.

Association Between Low Temperature During Winter Season and Hospitalizations for Ischemic Heart Diseases in New York State

Most prior research investigating the health effects of extreme cold has been limited to temperature alone. Only a few studies have assessed population vulnerability and compared various weather indicators. The study described in this article intended to evaluate the effects of cold weather on admissions due to ischemic heart disease, especially acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and to examine the potential interactive effects between weather factors and demographics on AMI.

Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation

The American Public Health Association (APHA) webinar Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation will provide information about the CDC’s BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) framework and share climate adaptation steps communities in Oregon and Vermont are taking to prevent the health threats related to climate change.

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