Climate Change Will Affect Public Health

Washington, DC (October 7, 2008)- In a special issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers discussed the effects of climate change on human health. The report emphasizes the challenges climate change poses to customary ways of thinking, communicating, and acting to protect health, and it suggests future public health activity to focus on adaptation and mitigating the effects of climate change.


“Public health and preventive medicine, as applied disciplines, share a common mission: to prevent illness, injury and premature mortality, and to promote health and well-being. This mission therefore carries a mandate to address climate change,” said Dr. Howard Frumkin of the National Center for Environmental Health. “Climate change, an environmental health hazard of unprecedented scale and complexity, necessitates health professionals developing new ways of thinking, communicating, and acting.”
For more information, visit the American Journal of Preventative Medicine- Climate Change Will Affect Public Health.