Montana Report Examines Climate Change Impacts to Public Health

Montana Report Examines Climate Change Impacts to Public Health

News Type: State Source: Helena Independent Record
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Communities in Montana should consider impacts to physical and mental health when developing adaptations and mitigation to climate change, according to a report released Tuesday by scientists from Montana universities and a climate-focused health care organization.

“Climate Change and Human Health in Montana” is based on analysis of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment.

It is authored by the Montana University System’s Institute on Ecosystems, Montana State University’s Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity and the nonprofit Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Environment.

The report identifies human health concerns brought on or exacerbated by climate change and what populations may be most impacted. It also calls for better data collection on those effects and robust planning by communities to mitigate and adapt.