Climate change is a change in global or regional weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (from decades to centuries). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions or in more extreme weather events.
Climate change is already having significant and widespread impacts on California’s economy and environment. California’s unique and valuable natural treasures – hundreds of miles of coastline, majestic forests and high value agriculture, snow-melt fed fresh water supply, vast snow and water fueled recreational opportunities, as well as other natural wonders – are especially at risk.
Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level, and river flows . These changes are expected to continue in the future and more of our precipitation will likely fall as rain instead of snow. This potential change in weather patterns will exacerbate flood risks and add additional challenges for water supply reliability.
Climate changes can have a negative impact on human health and wellness which, in turn, strains health care systems. One fifth of the U.S. economy comes from the health care arena, impacting not just our physical health but our financial well-being too.
To assist with preparing health care professionals and facilities in climate resilience, the Best Practices Report has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Preparing for anticipated climate change disruptions empowers individuals, communities, and businesses to quickly rally back following a climate event. The link below outlines a five step approach to readying yourself for these potential disruptions.
Most of us have experienced climate change in person or witnessed it via the news. From flooding to droughts, heavy rain to extreme heat waves; these are all signs of a changing climate. Learn more about climate change and the impact you can make by taking action on the EPA Climate Change Web site.