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Climate Change and Human 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

Other Links: Climate Change, Health, and National Security