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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 and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.