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HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE




WHO: Representative Nicole E. Lowen, Chair, House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection


WHAT: Informational Briefing on Climate Change & Public Health

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WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 2022

10:00 a.m.


WHERE: Via Videoconference

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –The House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection will hold a virtual informational briefing with State Toxicologist, Dr. Diana Felton, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at JABSOM, Dr. Elizabeth Kiefer, to discuss the public health impacts in Hawaiʻi from the global climate crisis at 10:00 a.m., December 21.


Climate change is a public health crisis. In Hawaiʻi, the health impacts of climate change are numerous. Health hazards from extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, drought and flooding are anticipated to disrupt basic medical care, increase water insecurity, and drive waterborne diseases. Extreme heat will put vulnerable populations, such as keiki, kūpuna, and those with underlying cardiovascular and respiratory disease at higher risk for heat related illness. Vector-borne diseases, like dengue and zika, are anticipated to spread with warming temperatures. Global crop failures and supply chain shocks are anticipated to increase food insecurity. Air pollution is anticipated to increase respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. Mental health outcomes are anticipated to decline in response to these major environmental, social, and economic stressors, among other anticipated impacts. Hawaiʻi must prepare for the health impacts of climate change as we continue to decarbonize our economy.


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