HHS releases first climate and health outlook series

HHS and the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity released the first installment in its climate and health series May 6. 

The series, titled Climate and Health Outlook, aims to connect weather forecasts for extreme events like heat waves, wildfires and droughts to health resources to reduce the number of weather-related illness and death. 

This first installment is tackling extreme heat and has used climate and weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create and inform health advice and resources. 

"We've seen what exposure to extreme heat can do," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the release. "It can lead to illness and death and makes it much harder to do a day's work outdoors. Many people in the United States have jobs that require them to work outside to feed their families regardless of the weather. Our new Climate and Health Outlook protects people and their health by giving advance notice to the communities that will be most impacted in the coming months."

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