Climate Change

Drought, wildfires, heat, flooding, increased air pollution—these are just a few of the challenges millions of Americans encounter from climate change. Our changing climate is harming health now.

From the direct impact of the temperature and weather changes to the special burdens these changes place on the most vulnerable communities, climate change seriously threatens our wellness—especially our lung health.

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Climate change is a health emergency. From wildfires and worsened ozone air pollution to extreme storms and flooding, climate change is placing our health at risk.

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Who Is at Risk from Climate Change?

Everyone’s health is at risk from the impacts of climate change, but millions of people face greater risks, especially people with lung and heart disease.
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Climate Change and Our Lungs

Air pollution, extreme weather events and other challenges stemming from climate change all endanger our lung health.
Here's Why

What We Can Do to Fight Climate Change

Climate change poses a major threat to lung health, so we must take steps to fight back.
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Smart Surfaces

Smart Surfaces, such as green roofs, light-colored pavement and solar panels, can combat extreme heat in cities and create cooler, more livable communities.

Page last updated: February 5, 2024

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