Climate Change is Making Natural Disasters Worse, and More Likely. How Do We Protect the Most Vulnerable?
November 15, 2017 | Jennifer Scroggins, Public Health Institute
Deadly wildfires in California's wine country. Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico. Catastrophic flooding in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.
The immediate links between these three historic disasters and climate change are evident, as are the impacts they have on lives and communities. But what is less discussed are the devastating health impacts connected to these events, some of which will linger for years to come. As with the natural disasters themselves, the impacts are greatest among those who are most vulnerable.