Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity
"Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity," represents the first comprehensive assessment of health vulnerabilities to climate change in Canada. It provides an up-to-date synthesis of knowledge on how the health of Canadians is affected by our climate today, and what may lie ahead under future climate change.
The goal of this publication is to raise awareness of the health risks posed by climate change among those charged with protecting health. It is hoped that the results will provide guidance to the public health and emergency management communities and support their efforts to adapt plans, policies, and programs in order to prevent or reduce risks to health. The regional studies in this assessment show how multiple sectors, levels of government, and individual Canadians play important roles in protecting health. They also demonstrate the need to understand the effects of climate change on local and regional scales.
It is a large report, and Health Canada chose not to put a link to the report on their site. However, it is currently available through other sites. Also, a follow-on initiative focused on heat resiliency is also available from Health Canda at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/climat/adapt/heat-chaleur-eng.php