Climate Data & Tools to Protect Public Health
In association with National Public Health Week, the Administration this week unveiled a suite of Federal actions and private-sector commitments to build
One pillar of the Federal efforts, in which USGCRP played an central role, is the development and release of new climate data and tools relevant to health. The new Human Health theme of the Climate Data Initiative, for instance, provides access to 150 datasets and other resources related to extreme heat and precipitation, air pollution, vectorborne disease, food- and water-borne illnesses, and other health issues. Datasets can be filtered by topic, format, and location, allowing users to focus on impacts and
The new datasets and tools were released concurrently with USGCRP’s draft assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States, which is available for public comment and has been submitted to the National Academy of Sciences for rigorous peer review. Together, these new resources and the accompanying commitments across sectors will help public health officials, urban planners, and communities better understand and respond to the health risks posed by the changing climate.
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