CR 14:245-253 (2000)  -  doi:10.3354/cr014245

Climate change and health in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Keith Benson1, Patricia Kocagil2, James Shortle2,*

1Management and Marketing Department, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733, USA
2Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA
*Corresponding author. E-mail:

ABSTRACT: This paper assesses potential health impacts from climate change in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR). It draws on diverse sources of information including health statistics and current climate and health literature. Climate projections for 2030 and 2095 from the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis are used. They indicate a warmer, wetter and possible stormier climate for the MAR. Morbidity and mortality from extreme events may increase somewhat. Although more speculative, climate change could increase the regionĀ¹s risk from water-borne and vector-borne diseases. The regionĀ¹s current and future health infrastructure are expected to be able to respond to the health risks, although at increased cost from measures to protect the safety of food and water, control disease vectors, and provide health services. The elderly and those with limited access to health care could be disproportionately affected.


KEY WORDS: Climate change · Health impacts


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