The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) utilizes Yale's multidisciplinary expertise and global reach to train future leaders, provide a comprehensive educational program, and catalyze innovative research, all to address one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.

Climate change has profound implications for human health, today and in the future. The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change concluded that:

  • the effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health
  • tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century
  • the health community has a vital part to play in accelerating progress to address climate change

Current or projected health effects of climate change include:

  • increased morbidity and mortality from heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters
  • increased incidence of food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne diseases
  • increased under-nutrition and food insecurity
  • increased incidence and severity of asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • violent conflict resulting from competition among nations for scarcer resources
  • climate refugees displaced by violent conflict, rising sea levels, or economic scarcity, with associated refugee health issues

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions will result in important health co-benefits:

  • Decreased fossil fuel burning will reduce harmful air pollutants.
  • A shift from animal agriculture (a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas) toward plant agriculture will result in a healthier diet.
  • Improved infrastructure for walking, bicycling, and public transportation will increase physical activity.
  • Decreased fossil fuel extraction will reduce occupational and environmental hazards.
Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health (Webinar Series)

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health (Webinar Series)

APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health, a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach.

May 9, 1:30pm EDT - Climate Changes Allergies and Asthma (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registr...)

May 26, 1:30pm EDT - Climate Changes Children's Health (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registr...)

June 7, 1:30pm EDT - Changing Climate through Healthy Community Design and Transportation (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registr...)

June 29, 1:30pm EDT - Climate Changes Mental Health (https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registr...)

Learn more about and register for the webinar series at http://apha.org/climate-changes-health.