Canadian Environmental Health Atlas

Understanding Our Environment is Key to Promoting Health and Preventing Disease

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Climate Change

Climate change influences temperature, precipitation, wind and air pressure patterns, altering the frequency and intensity of weather-related events including storms, landslides, tornadoes, heatwaves and wildfires, which can directly impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

The dramatic effect of heat on human health was clearly demonstrated during recent major heat waves including Chicago in 1995, the North American mid-west in 1999, and across Europe in 2003, which together have resulted in thousands of excess deaths.