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HealthConnections: Climate Change and Human Health

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Discussions about climate change and weather are generally centered on environmental and economic effects, but there is an increasing emphasis on the impact of climate change and weather on both physical and mental health.

In 2021, climate change was labelled as "the single biggest threat to humanity" by the World Health Organization and an editorial published in more than 20 leading medical journals (including The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine) featured the statement that the world cannot "wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to pass before addressing climate change" (Sommer, 2021; Gaines, 2021).

Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Dr. Kristina Kintziger from the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health, an environmental and infectious disease epidemiologist who is increasingly recognized as a national expert on the human health effects of climate change.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of monthly talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.