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Climate Change

Climate change is a shifting of long-term weather patterns away from what has been normal in the past. It is characterized by warming temperatures and more extreme storms, such as flooding, thunderstorms, wind storms, and heat waves.

These changes have wide-ranging implications for our planet, not the least of which is their impact on human health.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recognizes that there are challenges to the public's health posed by climate change, and many of these challenges will vary in severity depending on the individuals affected. Everyone in our communities feels the effects of climate change. But it can be harder on the health of some people. Factors like age, gender, health status, and access to resources all influence how much impact our changing climate will have.

Through the winter of 2016-2017 staff completed an assessment of the areas where members of the public are most vulnerable.

Executive Summary: Assessing health impacts & vulnerabilities due to climate change within Simcoe Muskoka (2017)

A Changing Climate: Assessing health impacts & vulnerabilities due to climate change within Simcoe Muskoka  (full report, June 2017). 

Questions and answers about climate change's impact on health.

A selection of reports and other readings is available for further study.

 

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