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Health and Climate Change in Kansas

12 months ago | Jul 22, 2019

Kansas is a great place to live, and we want to keep it that way; but the reality is that things are changing, and we need to change with them.  A recently published Policy Brief: Health and Climate Change in Kansas from the Kansas Health Institute explains, "climate change is a substantial concern in Kansas” and that "projected climate changes are likely to have negative impacts on human health.”

The KHI Policy Brief highlights the health conditions most likely to be exacerbated by climate change in Kansas.

  • As a result of global climate change, the major environmental effects expected in Kansas are increasing temperatures and more variable precipitation.
  • Hotter, drier conditions affect the major areas of air quality concern: ozone (smog) and particulate matter (PM).
  • Rates of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and other chronic conditions are likely to increase under projected climate change scenarios.
  • A longer period for pollen production will expand the allergy season and worsen asthma symptoms.
  • Warmer temperatures increase the length of the season for insect vectors, such as mosquitoes and ticks, of transmissible diseases.

The good news is that solutions exist in every sector and all levels to build resilience, make stronger, healthier communities, develop economic opportunities, and safeguard the future of our state.

Over the next several weeks, CEP will highlight the connections between climate change and public health in Kansas, leading up to the launch of the Kansas Climate and Health Declaration. There will be opportunities for organizations and individuals to support action on climate as a public health issue. Stay tuned!


Again, things are changing, and we need to change with them. We have more in common than the things that divide us. . . share your vision and help us work towards a healthy and resilient Kansas.



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