Climate Change and Health

Climate Effects on Health

Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Not everyone is equally at risk. Important considerations include age, economic resources, and location.

In the U.S., public health can be affected by disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health.

For more information on the health effects of climate change, visit the Third National Climate Assessment’s Health Chapterexternal icon, Fourth National Climate Assessment’s Health Chapterexternal icon, and the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessmentexternal icon.


Source: CDC, Climate Effects on Health


Melinda Herzog
Healthy Communities Issue Leader
845-340-3990 ext. 342

Last updated January 29, 2021