4027.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

The Climate Change Impacts on the United States National Assessment Project: What the Report Means to Our Health

Most scientists agree that climate change will impact human health. Climate change is predicted to compromise health by increasing temperatures and sea levels, contaminating water, increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and altering the distribution patterns of disease carrying vectors. World-wide, predictions call for increases in morbidity and mortality due to heat, vector and water-borne diseases, increased ozone levels, and changes in weather patterns. Countries that are less able to adapt to climate change will feel the health effects more severely. For example, developed countries are more able to adapt their health care infrastructure to meet new demands than are developing countries. Small island nations will suffer more from sea-level rise than large continental nations. This session will look at the potential impacts of climate change on health, with an emphasis on which populations may be most at risk
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Organizer(s):Karen Hopfl-Harris, JD
8:30 AMIntroductory remarks:Overview of the predicted health effects of climate change worldwide
Robert K Musil, PhD
8:30 AMOzone formation, heat and health: How climate change can impact the air we breathe
Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH
8:30 AMSusceptible populations and climate change: Age, race, and economic status
Robert Holmes, DrPH
8:30 AMWater borne disease and climate change
Joan R Rose, PhD, MS
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA