USGCRP Climate and Health Impacts Special Report released

May 3, 2016
Washington, D.C.


(Excerpts crossposted from and

The White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.

Developed over three years by approximately 100 experts in climate-change science and public health – including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) – the Climate and Health Assessment reinforces that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people not just in the future but right now.

Individual chapters of the report can be downloaded via this link.

The Executive Summary is available here.

The report is accompanied by an interactive web presence that provides the ability to explore the data and information behind the report, powered by the Global Change Information System.


Report chapters:

  1. Introduction - Climate Change & Human Health
  2. Temperature-Related Death and Illness
  3. Air Quality Impacts
  4. Extreme Events
  5. Vector-Borne Diseases
  6. Water-Related Illness
  7. Food Safety, Nutrition, and Distribution
  8. Mental Health and Well-Being
  9. Populations of Concern