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Health & Climate Change

As climate change accelerates, extreme weather events and wildfires are becoming more frequent and more damaging, posing greater risks to human health, and especially in areas lacking critical public health infrastructure. University of Michigan researchers, across disciplines, are analyzing the short- and long-term health impacts of natural disasters and leading interventions directed at improving communities’ emergency preparedness. Key to this work are experts at the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease and the Center for Sustainable Systems, who are assessing the nexus of our changing climate and global public health.

News and Impact

Earth Month
Earth Month puts focus on U-M sustainability efforts
David Hovord, assistant professor of anesthesiology and one of the project leads for the Green Anesthesia Initiative, is shown in an operating room with an anesthesia machine in the background. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Medicine)
Michigan Medicine reducing anesthesia-related emissions
a thermometer on fire
2023 warmest year on record
Michigan Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology launched a new initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize its impact on climate change in 2022, and initial results have become available.
Green Anesthesia Initiative quickly shows progress
An older adult standing in front of a house during a storm
Risk of death for people with dementia increases after a hurricane exposure
Hands under a stream of water
How households adapt to water scarcity: New study sheds light on hidden costs of global Issue
sunset behind an array of windmills
Climate crisis: 4 reasons for hope in 2023
A water pump in the desert
The West’s water crisis is worse than you think
People who lack compassion for the environment are also less emotional in general
Study: People who lack compassion for the environment are also less emotional in general
An orange sun
Triple-digit heat is killing us and our economy: What to do?
Ford School of Public Policy
Ford School to expand anti-racism faculty, address environment and health disparities
Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Professor Allison Steiner and graduate student research assistant Yingxiao Zhang discuss their work. Image credit: Marcin Szczepanski
Longer, more intense allergy seasons could result from climate change
food samples
Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably
The study results can help inform policy around disaster preparedness and response planning for health care systems, says lead author Sue Anne Bell, assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing.
Research examines impact of hurricanes on hospitalizations, medical providers
Illustration of a bowl of rice with chopsticks, an avocado, lettuce, and a tomato
Lower-carbon diets aren’t just good for the planet, they’re also healthier
Ischinomaki, Japan was one of the most damaged cities due from a 2011 tidal wave. This picture was taken on August 21, 2011, six months after the disaster, and shows the concrete sea wall that was supposed to defend the city from tidal waves. Photo: iStock
Large seawalls are effective at cutting tsunami deaths