Consensus Report

Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States (2015)

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Climate change is affecting the environment in ways that can have consequences for human health. Research on these impacts is active, with strong evidence to support some aspects and research still in progress for others. To synthesize and review research on this topic, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has initiated an interagency Assessment on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. This report reviews the draft USGCRP assessment, suggests a number of methods to increase its effectiveness in reaching key audiences, and provides guidance to help strengthen the assessment overall. With attention to the suggested enhancements, the USGCRP Assessment will play a significant role in continued efforts to examine and explore the impacts of climate change on human health.