The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division prepared this paper in response to inquiries from the Oregon Governor’s Carbon Policy Office regarding health risks of climate hazards and co-pollutants of greenhouse gas emissions. This paper seeks to answer the five questions below with the best information currently available.
- Which populations in Oregon are most vulnerable to adverse health effects of climate change?
- Which populations in Oregon have historically experienced disproportionate adverse health effects of carbon co-pollutants (e.g., particulates)?
- What are the effective public health interventions for building resilience within communities most impacted by climate change?
- What climate adaptation and mitigation strategies yield the most health co-benefits?
- What Oregon-specific studies inform questions related to climate and health?