Climate and Health

Climate and Health in the Southeast U.S.

Developed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health

*Information on the 2009 Climate-Health Workshop at NCDC:

*Information on the 2011 Climate-Health Workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill:

Climate change describes a long-term pattern in climate measures, including temperature, precipitation (rain, snow, etc.), and other weather conditions caused by an imbalance of incoming and outgoing solar energy in the atmosphere. North Carolina is currently experiencing aspects of climate change that affect human health issues, such as prolonged heat-related illness.

Public health responds to climate impacts by preparing for and responding to weather effects on human health. Some examples of ongoing public health preparation and response to climactic events include hurricane preparedness, harmful algal bloom surveillance, and air quality alerts.

Climate change will bring new challenges in responding to these age-old public health issues. Therefore, a strategic plan is being developed to address health-related gaps and needs in North Carolina.

Climate Change Information for General Interest:

Climate Change in the Southeast & North Carolina:

Climate Change Information for Public Health Professionals:

Increased temperatures and heat stress:

Sea level rise and coastal land loss:

General expectation for hurricanes and precipitation events:

Hurricane preparedness:

Wildfire risk:

Water scarcity:

Air quality issues:

Infectious disease:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Reports:

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