The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report titled The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment today. This assessment provides public health decision-makers at every level of government with more definitive and, where possible, quantitative assessments of the national burden of health impacts projected under climate change. And, it finds that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people, exacerbating existing health threats and creating new challenges.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program developed this scientific assessment as part of the ongoing efforts of its sustained National Climate Assessment process as called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan. This assessment significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.