Below, you will find detailed information, resources, and opportunities to take climate-protective action.
Climate and Extreme Weather
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like storms and hurricanes, resulting in more frequent flooding, water contamination and power outages. This can lead to severe and widespread harm to health.
River and Coastal Flooding
Infrastructure Damage and Power Outages
Communities Most Affected
Estimated Deaths from Extreme Events in the U.S., 2004-2013
This figure from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (2010) estimates the 10-year fatalities from extreme events from 2004-2013, indicating the human costs of extreme weather events over this time period.
NOAA, 2010: Weather Fatalities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
What can I do to fight climate change?
- Spread the knowledge by sharing our postcards!
- Use our postcards to query the presidential candidates: What are they doing to protect your community from the dangers to health posed by climate change?
- Join PSR’s Activist List.
- Climate change is accelerated by burning fossil fuels. In order to slow climate change and protect air quality, we must replace fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Advocate for the Clean Power Plan, our nation’s broadest, most far-reaching proposed policy to speed the transition to solar energy, wind power, and other renewable forms of energy.
- While the Clean Power Plan is under judicial review, support state-based legislation for renewables and efficiency.
- Share this information with your governor via Twitter or Facebook.
- Check if your state is complying with the Clean Power Plan.
- Encourage your region to be proactive in protecting your water! Cities like Philadelphia and Chicago have taken efforts to protect freshwater by converting impermeable land to “green cover” (plants) so that it can absorb water more efficiently. Advocate for similar programs in your community.
- U.S. Global Change Research Program (2016) The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment This government study documents “what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.” It examines a broad range of health impacts as they affect the health of the American people, not just in the future but right now.
- American Public Health Association: Warmer Water and Flooding Increase the Risk of Illness and Injury
- PSR: Extreme Weather Events: Infrastructure Damage and Impact on Vulnerable Populations (PowerPoint)
- PSR: Extreme Weather Impacts on Public Health (PowerPoint)