Climate Change: "A New Kind of Threat" to Human Health
In April, USGCRP released a landmark assessment of an emerging human health threat, Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment.
A White House event marked the release, with a conversation between Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, remarks from Congressman Edward Markey and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and author and expert panels.
Check out highlights from coverage of the report:
If you or your organization want to learn more about the health assessment or organize a learning opportunity such as a webinar, please contact health lead Mark Shimamoto or engagement lead Emily Cloyd.
Advances in Climate Science
USGCRP is initiating an interagency Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), summarizing the state-of-science relating to climate change and its physical impacts. The special report will update the climate science chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA), and serve as important input to the authors of the next quadrennial NCA, expected in 2018. A nominations period for technical contributors closed on April 14, with 48 nominations submitted with expertise in climate datasets and trends, climate processes and feedbacks, global/regional climate models and associated projections, climate extremes, and attribution and detection studies, as well as other physical science disciplines. The CSSR prospectus offers more detail, including an overview of the project, report outline, and provisional development schedule.
The National Academies convened a two-day public workshop
to help provide actionable suggestions on framing risk for the next NCA. The workshop discussed a number of ways to present climate change projections in formats that would help decision makers understand the risks they face and select appropriate response actions. We look forward to seeing the workshop report and incorporating its findings in the NCA and other products of the sustained assessment process.