Public Health Issue

This paper uses articles from the American Public Health Association (APHA) to investigate a public health issue that is related to climate change within the United States health care delivery system and examine its effect on a specific population. APHA is a founding organization of Climate for Health Initiative and partners with other organization such EcoAmerica to form a network of health leaders with a goal to protect the well-being and health of Americans and lead by example on a path to a positive future for global climate change solutions (American Public Health Association, 2016). In the last five decades, human activities have contributed mainly to climate change. The burning of fossil fuels has mostly released a large quantity of carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gases that trap extra heat in the lower atmosphere thus affecting the global climate. In the last 13 decades, the global temperature has warmed by approximately 0.850C. Each of the past three decades has been successively warmer compared to any preceding decade since 1950 (Maibach, Chuk, Ebi, & Balbus, 2008). As a result, sea levels have risen, glaciers have been continually melted, and precipitation patterns have been changing steadily. The ongoing temperature rise is expected to increase these changes.

Intense weather events such as flooding, droughts, hurricanes, snowfalls, and rainfalls have become more extreme and frequent. Though climate change may result to some localized advantages like increased food production in specific regions and fewer deaths in winter in temperate climates, the overall effects on the health of global warming likely to be overwhelmingly negative in the near future (A

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