How Climate Change Affects Your Health

How climate change affects your health: Air quality

5 percent increase in hospital visits due to asthma following the Southern California wildfires of 2003

3,600 emergency room visits for asthma in adults due to particulate matter exposure in New York City

Up to 15 percent increase in cardiovascular disease mortality risk with increased particulate matter

The length of ragweed season increased by 21 days in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota by 19 days

More intense wildfires
Increased pollen & GHG emissions
Increased allergens
Aggravated cardiovascular illness
Aggravated respiratory illness
Increased allergy-related illness

How climate affects your health: Extreme weather

Increased flooding & storms
More intense wildfires
Water contamination
Property loss
Infrastructure damage
Water-borne illness
Injury & death

Extreme weather events led to over 200 deaths in the last two years

Respiratory syndrome increases by 25 percent during wildfires

Fifty-one percent of water-borne outbreaks followed extreme precipitation events

159 deaths from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012

How climate affects to your health: Rising temperatures

More frequent heatwaves
Urban heat island effect
Dehydration
Heat stroke
Aggravated cardiovascular illness
Aggravated respiratory illness

At least 37 states saw record high temperatures in the summer of 2010

7,415 deaths were attributed to excessive natural heat from 1999 to 2010

150,000 Americans could die before the end of this century due to excessive heat caused by climate change

Children, the elderly and the poor are more vulnerable to heat-related illness

How climate affects your health: Vector-borne diseases

Increased flooding & storms
Changes in precipitation
Increased duration of warm season
Changes in median temperature
Expanded geographical range
Change in vector behaviors
Increased cases of vector-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Malaria, Zika virus and West Nile virus

42,000 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. since 1999, of which more than 1,700 people have died

About 68 percent of California will have increased probability for West Nile virus by 2050

As the temperature rises, the range of ticks carrying Lyme disease will expand

Incidences of Lyme disease doubled from 1991 to 2013