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How Will Climate Change Affect Human Health in Washington? in: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State: Technical Summaryies for Decision Makers. State of Knowledge Report prepared for the Washington State Department of Ecology

Abstract

Studies of climate change impacts on human health in the Pacific Northwest are limited. Research to date finds that climate change is likely to increase rates of heat related illnesses (including heat exhaustion and stroke); respiratory illness (e.g., allergies, asthma); vector-, water-, and food-borne diseases; and mental health stress. These impacts can lead to increased absences from schools and work, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Efforts to adapt Washingtonā€™s public health systems are in the early stages due in part to the limited information available to agencies.

Resource Type
Report
Authors
A.K. Snover G.S. Mauger L.C. Whitely Binder M. Krosby I. Tohver
Resource URL
http://cses.washington.edu/db/pdf/snoveretalsok2013sec12.pdf
Date
2013
Institution
Climate IMpacts Group, University of Washington
Health and Human Impact
Overview/general
Region
Northwest

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