Climate change, extreme weather events, and us. Health impacts: what can we say

Added August 15, 2018

Mills D.M. Climate change, extreme weather events, and us. Health impacts: What can we say? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2009:51(1);26-32.

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There is a cumulative uncertainty in forecasting characteristics of extreme events driven by climate change. This prevents accurately predicting the future impacts of hurricanes, wildfires, and extreme precipitations and floods in the United States that are attributable to climate change. Climate change will likely increase the health risks from hurricanes, extreme precipitation/floods and wildfires in the USA.

This literature review examined arguments and evidence related to climate change and extreme weather event, projections for future events, and potential trends in adaptive capacity and vulnerability in the United States. Western US wildfires demonstrated a climate change signal. Hurricane and extreme rain and flood data contain a great level of variability which complicates identifying a climate change signal. Health impacts from extreme events are not equally distributed and are further sensitive to a subset of exceptional extreme events.


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