Climate change threatens human health in a variety of ways, including through increased heat waves, worsened air quality, changing ranges of food-, water-, and insect-borne diseases, and other effects. These impacts are already affecting the health of Americans and are expected to intensify as climate change progresses. To better understand and meet the public health challenges posed by climate change, USGCRP—through leadership by EPA, NOAA, and HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)—is developing a new
Since 1989, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has submitted annual reports to Congress called Our Changing Planet. The reports describe the status of USGCRP research activities, provide progress updates, and document recent accomplishments
In particular, Our Changing Planet highlights progress and accomplishments in interagency activities. These highlights represent the broad spectrum of USGCRP activities that extend from Earth system observations, modeling, and fundamental research through synthesis and assessment, decision support, education, and public engagement. Highlights describe the state of science at the time of publication of each yearly report, and may not reflect more recent advances in understanding. The date of publication of the source report is noted on each highlight page.
Drought is a significant hazard for the United States, with potentially severe and long-lasting impacts on the Nation’s economy and food and water supplies. USGCRP agencies are advancing our understanding of the causes and consequences of drought, an FY 2015 interagency research priority (see Section 4). They are also collaborating in efforts to support drought preparedness and recovery, such as the National Drought Resilience Partnership (a deliverable of the President’s Climate Action Plan) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).