Climate and Health

Climate has a serious impact on the public’s health. Climate change can lead to higher rates of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, more injuries and deaths due to extreme weather events, wider spread of illnesses carried by insects like ticks and mosquitoes, threats to our food and water supply, significant impacts on mental health and well-being, and more.

Climate Change & Equity

Climate change is a threat to everyone, but some people will feel its impact more than others because of economic, environmental, and social circumstances. In other words, existing inequities are made worse by climate events and shifts. 

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Extreme Weather

Due to climate change, Connecticut now experiences an increased number of days with extremely high temperatures, storms and hurricanes, and flooding. Each of these weather conditions pose health risks. Visit the links below to see how you can prevent or address climate-related illness and injury.

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Coastal Resilience

Coastal communities like Norwalk must use strategies to address erosion and flooding and the loss of natural habitat that results from sea-level rise and heavy storms. 

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Active Transportation and Walkability

A transportation system that includes options such as walking and biking and provides linkages to transit networks (e.g., bus, rail, ferry) can help promote physical activity, improve air quality, improve respiratory and cardiovascular health, and enhance health equity. The Health Department is working with partners throughout the City to promote walking, biking, and a more connected community. 

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