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Climate Change: Getting Started

A significant change in the Earth's climate, "Climate Change" refers to the broader set of changes that go along with warmer temperatures, including changes in weather patterns, the oceans, ice and snow, and ecosystems around the world. -U.S.EPA Archives

Biology and Environmental Program at Union College

Union College offers several courses which discuss Human Life and the Environment listed under those for Biology classes:

  • BIO 103 - Environmental Science (4 cr.)
  • BIO 122 - Biology of People and the Environment (3 cr., no Lab)
  • BIO 204 - Intro to Marine Biology (4 cr.)

For descriptions of this course, please see the Course Catalog. With further questions regarding this class: email studentservices@ucc.edu

Climate Change 101

How does Climate Change Affect Human Health?

As stated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Signs of Climate Impact due to Climate Change are seen in (1) Increased temperature; (2) Precipitation extremes; (3) Extreme weather events; and (4) Sea level rise. Climate Impacts can be linked to changes in levels of Human exposure, which then can lead to negative effects on health.

Human Exposure issues related to these elemental changes in climate are (1) Extreme heat; (2) Poor air quality; (3) Reduced food and water quality; (4) Changes in infectious agents; and (5) Population migration.

From Exposure to Climate Changes on Earth, certain Health Outcomes have been monitored: (1) Sun/Heat-related illness like Heat Stroke or Skin Cancer; (2) Cardiopulmonary illnesses like Asthma, Heart Attack.; (3) Food-, water-, and vector-borne disease like Lyme Disease or Zika Virus; (4) Mental health consequences and stress also occur in Humans exposed to Climate Changes.  

from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2016. Climate change indicators in the United States, 2016. Fourth edition. EPA 430-R-16-004. www.epa.gov/climate-indicators, p.54.

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