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Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar;98(3):435-45. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.119362. Epub 2008 Jan 30.

Climate change: the public health response.

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National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E-28, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. haf6@cdc.gov

Abstract

There is scientific consensus that the global climate is changing, with rising surface temperatures, melting ice and snow, rising sea levels, and increasing climate variability. These changes are expected to have substantial impacts on human health. There are known, effective public health responses for many of these impacts, but the scope, timeline, and complexity of climate change are unprecedented. We propose a public health approach to climate change, based on the essential public health services, that extends to both clinical and population health services and emphasizes the coordination of government agencies (federal, state, and local), academia, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

PMID:
18235058
PMCID:
PMC2253589
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.119362
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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