Knowledge is growing about how a changing climate can affect the environment and the health and well-being of people everywhere.
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Canada is building knowledge about how climate change affects health and what can be done to prepare for and minimize the impacts. This is being accomplished in collaboration with health and emergency response professionals, social agencies, stakeholders and researchers.
Events have shown that extreme heat events, or heat waves, are posing a serious public health risk as a result of a changing climate. However, when precautionary actions are taken the impacts to health can be minimized.
Health Canada is developing heat resilient communities and individuals in Canada by piloting heat alert and response systems in four Canadian communities, and developing health care worker guidelines for extreme heat events.
As well, the Public Health Agency of Canada addresses new and emerging environmental health threats by increasing knowledge through research and surveillance activities in order to protect Canadians from health impacts attributed to, or exacerbated by, climate change (eg. Infectious disease risks, food contamination).
Environment Canada is building information about the greenhouse gases that are affecting our climate, our environment, and our health.
The Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada motivates Canadians to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Since climate change and variability challenges all countries, and affects the health of people around the world, the Government of Canada collaborates with international partners to advance understanding of these issues, such as
Health Canada shares information through outreach activities, electronic communication, and by providing products and publication materials.
For more details, or to join in the next webinar, contact Climatinfo@hc-sc.gc.ca