Human Health Impacts of Climate Change: Implications for the Practice and Law of Public Health

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 43 (S1):79-82 (2015)
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Abstract

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an urgent priority. While few would argue that action to mitigate the causes of climate change should be led by public health practitioners, public health has a critical role in adaptation efforts. Adaptation seeks to lessen human vulnerability to extreme weather and to increased variability in temperature and precipitation. Climate change as an emerging health issue provides a test case for new approaches to public health: approaches that emphasize both collaboration with other government and private entities and application of innovative legal strategies.

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