EPA and CCSP Release Climate Report

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images2.jpgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released a report on July 17, 2008 analyzing the impacts that climate change will have on humanity.

The Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems concludes that, “nearly every region of the U.S. is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which will likely include degraded air quality, more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, and greater transmission of diseases. It further states that climate change will likely cause harm to ecosystems across the country, posing threats to humans and animals alike.”

The report warns of threats to human health, human settlements, and human welfare. Increased heat related illnesses and deaths, heart and lung diseases, food- and water-borne diseases are anticipated. Human settlements in arid regions and along coastal regions and river basins will be most affected. Areas where economic bases are climate-sensitive will also be hard hit.

The report outlines various measures that should be implemented to prepare for the expected changes. Green building and sustainable design top the list of common sense approaches to minimize the effects of climate change.

Source: World Wildlife Federation

Tag(s): Green Building, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, Hazardous Products / Health Issues, The Great Green Outdoors


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