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Hawaii Report on Climate Change and Health


Hawaiʻi has addressed climate change on its State policy agenda for several years via initiatives such as Hawai’i State Green Growth (HGG) and Aloha Plus Challenge Initiative, the Hawai’i Climate Adaption Initiative Act (Act 83), and Act 286, HRS 226- 109. The increasing global, national and regional scientific evidence relating to the connections between climate change and health requires more attention to and concern about this specific subset of climate change impacts. Climate change is not currently Hawaiʻi’s most visible public health issue, but it is increasingly clear that its influence and impacts will adversely affect the health and well-being of our residents and will make our health priority challenges increasingly more problematic to address. The Hawaiʻi Climate Change & Health Working Group was initially convened in August of 2015 (HCR 108, SD1) to help the State consider and plan for the impacts of climate change on population-based human health and well-being and has developed some preliminary findings and recommendations for policymaker consideration. The Working Group intends to develop more specific climate change and health recommendations in the coming months of 2016 as well.

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Hawaii Climate Change and Health Working Group
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State/local health department (inc. international)
Health and Human Impact
Climate and Environmental Impact
Climate adaptation/resilience Public health/health sector response

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