Health Effects of Climate Change

Here’s another article on the environmental justice effects of climate change. From right here in Maryland, researchers used survey data to show that vulnerable populations believe their health is at risk from climate change.

Vulnerable Populations Perceive Their Health as at Risk from Climate Change

Climate change is already taking a toll on human health, a toll that is likely to increase in coming decades. The relationship between risk perceptions and vulnerability to climate change’s health threats has received little attention, even though an understanding of the dynamics of adaptation among particularly susceptible populations is becoming increasingly important.

This held up regardless of actual risk. And that’s important, because it can lead vulnerable populations to place themselves at greater real risk to do a small perceived difference in risk. See my post from this summer about how wealthier areas pay less for flood insurance for similar discussion.

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