Special Report on Climate & Health
An Assessment of Observed and Projected Climate Change Impacts on Human Health in the United States
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan and ongoing efforts within the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG) and a subset of the Interagency National Climate Assessment Task Force (INCA) have initiated an interagency Special Report on the impacts of observed and projected climate change on human health in the United States. This data-driven technical synthesis and assessment will be an interagency product of the USGCRP organized by the CCHHG. The report supports the interagency efforts outlined in the USGCRP’s strategic plan and will ultimately be used to inform public health authorities, other planning and policy entities, and the general public.
The Special Report will be an evidence-based, quantitative assessment of observed and projected climate change impacts on human health in the United States. Development of the report will leverage existing activities of the CCHHG and INCA members, aggregate and assess current quantitative research on human health impacts of climate change, and summarize the current state of the science. As a technical scientific assessment, the Special Report will extend the work begun under the 2008 Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.6 (SAP 4.6) Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems and the forthcoming third National Climate Assessment (NCA) by using modeling and analysis tools to quantify, where possible, projected national-scale impacts of climate change to human health. Such analyses will attempt to identify and bound impact uncertainties, as well as better define changes in attributable epidemiological risks, particularly for vulnerable populations, with the goal of informing public health authorities and other public planning and resource management entities.
Opportunities for Engagement
The period to respond to the Federal Register Notice, Request for Public Engagement on the Interagency Special Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States, has closed. Thank you to all those who helped inform the Special Report by nominating contributing authors and submitting comments and scientific literature.