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Climate Change and Human Health
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/envh10.sci.life.eco.cchealth/

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Teachers' Domain

In this interactive, students explore, at their own pace, how global climate change may affect health issues. Issues include airborne diseases, developmental disorders, mental health disorders, vector-borne diseases and waterborne diseases.

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Climate Literacy
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Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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Teaching Tips

  • Can be included in a health unit for health class as well as a disease unit in Biology class. Before starting the interactive, ask students to predict what kinds of health issues might stem from increasing global temperatures over time.
  • List of potential dangers is formidable and may frighten younger students.
  • Essay is definitely written for a high school audience.

About the Science

  • This is a basic, introductory resource about the connection between climate change and human health.
  • Interactive includes possible ways to reduce health risks.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Provides legitimate possible effects of climate change on human health that are both realistic and justified within the text. Many different resources that are used are not cited.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background essay and discussion questions are provided.
  • Educators can easily expand upon the discussion questions that are given to ensure a more thorough debate.

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