Health Risks and Climate Change

Fact Sheet
February 03, 2015

Climate change is affecting human health in a variety of ways, right in our backyards. People in every state are vulnerable to climate-related health threats from worsening air quality, extreme heat, extreme precipitation and flooding, and greater exposure to dangerous diseases. We must take action now to ensure a healthy climate for our children and grandchildren.

Last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, a common-sense approach to protecting public health by limiting, for the first time, carbon pollution emitted by power plants, the largest driver of climate change. The plan deserves strong support as one of the biggest steps forward to tackle climate change and reduce its associated health risks.