Below are links to websites with additional information on climate change and health. The following alphabetically listed links provide a description from the websites. These websites are not maintained by MDH.
- A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change
Environmental Health Perspectives and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A report outlining the research needs on the human health effects of climate change.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Climate Change and Public Health
A brief overview of the likely health effects of increased temperatures and extreme weather events is provided here. Links to additional information about these and other potential health effects − such as air quality, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, water- and food-borne diseases and mental health are also provided.
- Climate Central
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public.
- The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment
This scientific assessment, called for under the President's Climate Action Plan, is a major report developed as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's sustained National Climate Assessment process. The purpose of the assessment is to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based, and, where possible, quantitative estimation of observed and projected climate change related health impacts in the United States.
- Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
This website, managed by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, details the impact of climate change on Minnesota and how agencies are proactively responding. The interactive website provides information on the impact of climate change in areas like health, agriculture, and natural resources, as well as how Minnesota is responding by developing cleaner energy, lowering emissions, and protecting air and water quality.
- The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry.
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE): Environmental Health Indicators: Climate Change
CSTE has compiled 24 climate change indicators identified by the State Environmental Health Indicators Collaborative (SEHIC) that measure current vulnerability to climate variability and change, and track possible changes in health outcomes to determine the effects of climate change on state, local and regional populations. Resources available on the website include a local indicator guide and a template to facilitate organizing and recording data.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Climate Change
Climate change is a problem that is affecting people and the environment. Greater energy efficiency and new technologies hold promise for reducing greenhouse gases and solving this global challenge. EPA's website provides information on climate change for communities, individuals, businesses, states, localities and governments.
- Environmental Protection Agency: Become a Climate Ambassador
If you are a middle or high school student who wants to motivate others to engage in activities to address climate change and reduce its effects on children’s health, here’s how you can become a Climate Ambassador.
- Gateway to the United Nations System Work on Climate Change
Explore the United Nation’s involvement in climate change throughout the world.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.
- Minnesota Climatology Working Group
The State Climatology Office manages a great deal of climate data for Minnesota some going back as far as 1819. They have produced time series graphs and maps based on those data. Virtually all climate data that exits for Minnesota are available from web pages designed and maintained by the State Climatology Office.
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR): Climate Change and Minnesota
Find links to resources and background information on observed trends, impacts, adaptation and model projections.
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA): Climate Change
The MPCA has provided the climate change issues information on this page to inform and assist communities, individuals, business, and local and state government.
- Minnesota Sea Grant: Climate Change in Minnesota and the Lake Superior Basin
The Minnesota Sea Grant climate focus is on science and how a changing climate could affect Lake Superior, aquatic resources in Minnesota, and the people and communities that rely on these resources.
- National Academies: Board on Environmental Change and Society
The Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS) of the National Academy of Sciences evolved from the Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change (CHDGC), which has since 1989 helped to guide research on the interactions between human activities and the environment.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Climate Service
To meet the rising requests for information about climate change, this newly proposed line office would be dedicated to bringing together the agency’s strong climate science and service delivery capabilities.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty—the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. This section contains numerous resources, including the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts and a search engine to the UNFCCC library.
- US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and has since made the world’s largest scientific investment in the areas of climate science and global change research. USGCRP is responsible for coordinating the National Climate Assessment every four years.
- University of Minnesota Extension: Climate and Weather Education
Minnesota businesses are affected by weather. Our work helps them understand, plan and make weather-related decisions through the use of climatic data, real-time observations and forecast products. It also helps citizens understand the impact of our changing climate.
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders.
- World Health Organization (WHO) Training Course for public health professionals on protecting our health from climate change
WHO has developed this training course to improve the knowledge of health professionals on the associations and implications of climate change on human health and to enhance stronger and more efficient participation of the health sector in addressing climate change challenges. The Training Course consists of 19 sessions in the format of PowerPoint slides and text notes.
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