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Climate and Health Program Publications

Climate Vulnerability Assessments

  • National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter. 2014.
    The Northeast section of the National Climate Assessment describes how climate change will impact the region’s people, infrastructure, agriculture, and ecosystems in relation to the specialized risks (i.e. coastal floods, heat waves, river flooding, etc.). Climate adaptation planning is also discussed.
  • National Climate Assessment, Human Health Chapter. 2014.
    The Human Health Chapter of the National Climate assessment describes how climate change threatens human health in various ways, both existing and new risks, interventions that can help, and opportunities for co-benefits like fitness and carbon reduction in active transport (i.e. walking and biking). Impacts of climate change include increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future. UNH, 2014.
    This report describes how the climate of southern New Hampshire has changed over the past century and uses models to show how the future climate of the region may be affected by a warmer planet due to human activities.
  • Hydrologic Response to Climate Change in Four Selected Watersheds of New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. USGS publication 2015-5047.
    This study assessed the hydrologic vulnerabilities to stream flow and groundwater recharge of four watersheds in New Hampshire (e.g. Pemigewasset, Ashuelot, Souhegan, and Oyster rivers). The study was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Heat and Health: Understanding Community RiskAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. NH DHHS, 2016.
    This fact sheet describes the health risks of extreme heat, provides tips for preventing heat-related illnesses, and presents findings on the human health impact of moderate and extreme heat stress in New Hampshire.
  • Profile of Climate and Health Issues in New Hampshire. NH DHHS, 2014.
    (under review).

Climate & Disease Assessments

  • WISDOM Climate & Health Data Query Portal. NH EPHT, 2016.
    (Select EPHT Program button/link; then select “Tracking Climate Change” button/link)
    NH Health WISDOM provides an interactive portal for users to directly access tables, charts and maps on many health-related indicators. In regard to weather and climate, the portal allows users to access data on heat-related injuries and deaths in New Hampshire.
  • Climate Change and Human Health in New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. UNH, 2015.
    This report describes the potential health impact of extreme weather events and climate change on human health in New Hampshire.

Climate Intervention Plans & Assessments

  • Excessive Heat Emergency Response Plan. NH DHHS, August 2011.
    This plan provides information about extreme heat in New Hampshire and outlines heat related emergency preparedness at the state level. It also includes guidance for cooling centers, as well as heat and health communications materials such as press releases and fact sheets. The Plan also describes strategies for communities and individuals to respond to extreme heat conditions.
  • Excess Heat and Heat Stress Interventions (under review)
  • Habitat Change, Tick and Tick-borne Disease Interventions (under review)

Climate Adaptation Plans

Climate & Health Policy Actions

  • Analysis of the Public Health Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, 2009–2014 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
    An independent study of the public health impacts of The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) over its first six years of implementation found that RGGI has significantly reduced air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, improving the health of people living in the Northeast. Because of the program, hundreds of premature deaths and tens of thousands of lost work days were avoided. The economic value of RGGI’s health and productivity benefits is estimated at a cumulative $5.7 billion.
  • The NH Climate Action Plan: Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. March, 2009.
    The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan, developed with significant input from stakeholders and citizens, advocates for a state-wide effort to increase energy efficiency, increase sources of renewable energy, promote alternative transportation, and adapt to existing and potential climate change impacts. The human health impacts of climate change are discussed, and increased public health capacity to prepare for extreme weather and other health threats is identified as a priority action.
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