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Human Health

The Dalles, OR 

Dry Dirt Road

Projected 2080 - 2099 Corn, Wheat, Soybean, and Cotton Yield


Fourth National Climate Assessment

Overall, projections for crop yields reveal that the production of staple crops will reduce significantly, especially in the Corn Belt and CA Central Valley. Although there are many green areas on this map, there are notable differences in the amount of farmland in those areas as compared to the Mid West and South.

Sand Dunes

Increasing World Hunger


Global Hunger Index

On a global scale, climate change disproportionately impacts third-world countries. These countries already combat food insecurity due to geographical, political, and social environments. Climate change accelerates this issue by further reducing crop yields.

Learn more about how developing nations are impacted:

Aerial View of the Forest

Disease and Invasive Species


Rising temperatures allow certain pests, such as mosquitos, ticks, and fleas, to thrive and multiply in areas previously inhabitable. This will lead to the increasing spread of vector-borne diseases like Malaria, West-Nile Virus, and Zika Virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This graph illustrates the immense increase in Lyme Disease cases due to extreme temperature highs and lows and preciptation patterns.

Image by DDP

About one in five deaths that occurred in 2018 were related to fossil fuel emissions. That is approximately 8,000,000 deaths.

Harvard University


Health Impact

This table summarizes the impact of certain climate change effects on human health. The WHO estimates that "between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year." 


US Global Change Research Program

Kids Shoes in Cupboard

" average American imposes about $575 worth of unpaid-for death-related harm on the world each year by emitting 15.7 tons of carbon dioxide" Robert Kopp, director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The average American emits 27 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children. Today’s ten-year-old fifth grader will turn 65 in 2075, facing mortality risks from climate change every year of their retirement. Failing to address climate change is not that different from driving your kids around without a seat belt,” Solomon Hsiang, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

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