Climate Change in Georgia: Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH National Center for Environmental Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Threats.
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Climate Change in Georgia: Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH National Center for Environmental Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Threats and Response
Complex Ecology Vector-borne diseases International commerce and travel Climate change and variability Land use and deforestation Water storage and irrigation Poverty Human population growth Human behavior and prevention strategies
Limits of Our Thinking Highly technical and complex Beyond anyone’s experience or imagination Terrifying to contemplate Resistance to necessary changes Misinformation actively disseminated Limited knowledge climate-health associations Nevertheless, public health provides a useful lens...
Essential Services Track diseases and trends related to climate change Credible resource on health consequences of climate change Heat wave and severe storm response plans Public health workforce prepared to respond Investigate infectious water-, food-, and vector- borne disease outbreaks Partnerships with private sector, civic groups, NGOs, faith community, etc. Study and predict links between climate change and health
Synergies and Co-benefits Heat wave plans, “buddy systems”↑ Social capital ↓ Vehicular travel↓ Car crashes, ↓ air pollution ↑ Fuel efficiency↓ Air pollution, ↓ respiratory disease Locally grown food↓ Pesticide loading Energy-efficient buildings↓ Operating costs Alternative energy sourcesBusiness opportunities
Conclusions The future ain’t what it used to be Place is a key exposure variable for the climate change’s health effects Place is also fundamental to the response The opportunity costs of inaction are high Co-benefits of proactive response are significant Public health is poised to assist