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Water is Life: Climate Change, Western Water & Health

Observed changes in the Earth’s climate are having profound impacts on water in the American West. Climate-related changes to water supply and quality are having significant effects on human and ecosystem health. From outbreaks of vector-borne and infectious diseases, to impacts on nutrition and agriculture, to an increased incidence of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases linked to forest fires, the effects of climate change on water and regional health are raising significant public policy, infrastructure, and financing issues for decision makers now and in the coming decades.

Carpe Diem West is engaging western water managers, local and state agencies, social justice activists, climate scientists, and western health sector leadership in developing a common policy and research agenda to address the impacts of a changing climate and water quantity and quality on health in the American West.

But then you talk to farmworkers about no water, poor water quality, and increased water rates – now we’re talking about the impact. It’s all in the way we discuss climate change. Once we understand the impacts, then we can work on a collective vision for what we want sustainable agriculture to look like in the Valley. And then we can get to the solutions, right?

– Susana DeAnda, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Water Center

Clean and accessible water is critical to public health. Current climate change indicators make it clear we must immediately start cross-sectoral dialogues, representing all potentially impacted constituencies, in order to prepare health workers and the communities they serve for every eventuality. 


- Elise Miller, Executive Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment

 

 

Reports

Water is Life Infographic

Check out our new infographic which explores the intersection of Western Water, Climate Change, Public Health and related equity issues.

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Water is Life Overview

Curious to learn more about Water is Life? Check out this one-page document that succinctly presents the problem, explains the program, and outlines the outcomes we anticipate over the next year. Join us on this journey of navigating the intersection of western water, climate change, and public health. Photo Credit: Nattu

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Water is Life: Climate Change, Western Water, and Health

Carpe Diem West is engaging western water managers, local and state agencies, social justice activists, climate scientists, and western health sector leadership in developing a common policy and research agenda to address the impacts of a changing climate and water quantity and quality on health in the American West.

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Summary of Research - Western Water, Climate Change & Public Health

This document briefly summarizes publications that discuss the relationship between public health, climate change, and water. Because a large body of literature does not exist around the topic, this synopsis demonstrates the need for continued research and programs that focus on the intersection between public health, climate change, and western water. November 2015

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Charting the Rapids Ahead: Western Water, Climate Change & Public Health

This paper written by Carpe Diem West & The Public Health Instituteʼs Center for Public Health & Climate Change highlights some of the common themes and issues that emerged from our discussions with some of the nationʼs leading experts working in the fields of public health, water, and climate, and describes some questions for decision makers to consider as they address the potential impacts of climate change on water and health. Web Forum information, powerpoint presentations & audio link, click here. October 2011

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