Latest Scientific opinion on climate change Stories

2008-07-30 21:00:19

Most U.S. health department directors believe their cities or counties will have serious public health problems because of climate change, researchers said. Researchers at George Mason University in Washington reveal that the majority of health department directors believed that threats such as heat waves or heat-related illnesses, reduced air quality and reduced water quality or quantity were most likely to become more common or severe as a result of climate change. The study, published...

2008-07-30 09:01:27

Most U.S. health officials see climate change as looming health threat: survey WASHINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- A majority of U.S. health department directors believe their city or county will have serious public health problems as a result of climate change within the next 20 years, according to the results of a new survey released Tuesday by George Mason University. However, very few of them have planned or implemented activities to detect, prevent or adapt to these health threats,...

2008-07-18 00:05:00

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report Thursday that found global warming to be a substantial risk to human health and the American way of life. The EPA has been ridiculed in recent days for supposedly discounting the threat of climate change. The report, called "Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems," also identifies strategies to respond to the challenges of a changing climate. It also outlines long-term research goals...

2008-07-17 21:00:34

Challenges and possible effects of climate change on people and communities were addressed in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report issued Thursday. Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems also identifies adaptation tactics to respond to challenges posed by a changing climate, the EPA said in a news release. The report also covered how some individuals and communities could be more affected by climate change because of age, or...

2008-07-17 21:00:23

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Dr. John Balbus, +1-301-908-8186, jbalbus@edf.org, or Sean Crowley, +1-202-550-6524, scrowley@edf.org, both of Environmental Defense Fund WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the United States is likely to have the resources necessary to alleviate most direct health threats from climate change. However, the report also concludes there will be an additional burden on...

2008-07-17 12:00:40

Wildfires, which have ravaged the Western United States to a record degree in recent years, are likely to become even more severe, frequent and widespread due to climate change, leading to an expected increase in respiratory illness from smoke inhalation, increased property damage, and significant disruption to communities throughout the West and South, warns a new government report issued today. The report, prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the...

2008-07-02 06:00:14

By Currie, Donya Health departments, schools, communities hold events Health advocates nationwide submitted details of their events to The Nation's Health in April, an alphabetical summary of which follows. PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATES across the nation highlighted the connection between climate change and public health during National Public Health Week with community cleanups, light bulb swaps, tree plantings and other activities. The University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public...

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By Marsh, Simon Watt, Olly While protecting wildlife habitats is a key part of planners' approach to climate change adaptation creating new ones also has a vital role to play, report Simon Marsh and Olly Watt What links the golden toad of Costa Rica with your local development plan? The answer is that if planners do not take measures to allow wildlife to adapt to climate change, some species may be heading the same way as the golden toad already extinct because of climate change. Planners...

2008-06-20 18:00:08

A key government report issued today concludes that climate change is having a significant and irreversible impact on sensitive ecosystems and resources and urges the immediate implementation of ecosystem adaptation strategies on federally protected and managed lands and waters. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) officials called on Congress and the administration to provide the leadership, funding and reforms that federal managers require to implement the report's recommendations. The report,...

2008-06-06 11:15:00

The international science community must devote more resources to research into the effects climate change is having on ocean environments, according to a paper published today in the journal Science by researchers at CSIRO's Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship."Marine ecosystems are undoubtedly under-resourced, overlooked and under threat and our collective knowledge of impacts on marine life is a mere drop in the ocean," wrote Dr Anthony Richardson, from The University of...

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