New report details effects of changing climate on Arizonans' health

BRACE-climate-healthThe Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report - a document produced by a team of ASU researchers and the Arizona Department of Health Services in March 2015 - is now available to the public. In an effort to provide local health officials with a mechanism for addressing climate-related public health impacts, and to support the creation of regional public health adaptation and mitigation efforts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects framework. This report addresses the first step in the framework, which is focusing on climate-related hazards and associated health impacts of major importance to Arizona - namely, extreme heat and air pollution. It also summarizes historic temperature and precipitation trends, and provides projections for the future. Among the report's authors are sustainability scientists Nalini Chhetri, David Hondula, Ariane Middel and Nancy Selover, as well as Alex Karner - a postdoctoral research fellow with the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.