Climate & Health

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Climate change in Vermont is resulting in hotter summers, shorter winters, and more frequent storms. These trends are expected to continue in the future. The devastation from Tropical Storm Irene, the increasing occurrence of Lyme disease, and more frequent cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms are just a few examples of how climate change can impact Vermonters’ health. While everyone’s health is affected by climate change, certain people and places are more vulnerable than others.

Taking action to minimize the impacts of climate change can improve the health of Vermonters today and in the future. The Health Department is applying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to:

  • Identify climate-related health risks in Vermont
  • Estimate the current and future impact of these risks
  • Identify populations and locations at greatest risk
  • Implement actions to prevent or minimize these risks
What do I need to know about climate change and health?

Climate change is already happening, and is expected to continue.

Climate change is increasing health risks in Vermont:

Certain people and places are at greater risk for climate-related health impacts.

Responding to climate change can benefit health now and in the future.

AHPA Climatenexus Climate Change Public Health Vermont

Title Date Type
Climate Change and Your Health
This is a two-page summary of the ways that climate change can affect Vermonters' health.
01/11/2017 PDF Download
Climate and Health Profile Report
This report is an in-depth review of how climate change may affect public health in Vermont. It has a summary of climate change in Vermont including projected changes in the future, an overview of climate-related health concerns—heat-related illness, mosquito and tick-borne diseases, health effects from extreme weather events, food and waterborne illness, pollen and air quality issues, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae).
09/07/2016 PDF Download
Heat Impacts on Health in Vermont
This document details the association of summer temperatures with heat-related illness and mortality in Vermont.
03/01/2016 PDF Download
Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index
This is a two-page summary description of the Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index.
05/02/2016 PDF Download
Heat Vulnerability in Vermont
This report provides a description of and rationale for the methods used to produce the Vermont Heat Vulnerability Index.
05/02/2016 PDF Download
Contact Information

Climate and Health Program
802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-863-7483

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Responding to climate change will benefit health now.