IoE to Co-Sponsor Two-Part Seminar Series on Climate Change and Human Health in Montana

Wildfire and smoke

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems, in partnership with the American Lung Association and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, will co-sponsor a two-part interactive seminar series exploring human health and climate change in Montana on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28. The program is geared toward health, medical, and policy professionals and students, as well as interested members of the public. Health and policy experts will cover a wide range of topics including health effects from wildfire smoke and extreme heat, communities and citizens most at risk, and new research and data collection efforts. Limited in-person space is available at the campus broadcasts, so we hope to have people from across Montana log in and participate via the webinar.

Montana’s climate is changing in ways that will profoundly affect our state. The 2017 Montana Climate Assessment provided detailed analyses of the expected impacts from climate change on Montana waters, forests and agriculture. These three sectors were identified by stakeholder groups as topics of high concern for our economy’s well-being as well as the very essence of Montana. Another sector, one that was not addressed in the first Assessment, unites us even more and potentially has great economic and social consequences: the impact of a changing climate on health. The impacts of climate change on health are many, including increased mortality related to cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and heat stress, increased premature births, spread of infectious disease, and higher morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather event-related gastrointestinal disease, to name but a few. The Montana Climate Assessment suggests that future climate changes in Montana will include more frequent and longer heat waves, minimal changes in average precipitation but more extreme precipitation events alternating with droughts, and reduction in both surface waters and soil moisture from increased evaporation. While the impacts of climate change on human health have recently been discussed at the national level, no effort has yet focused on the health implications for Montanans.

For more details or to register for a reminder, please visit: www.HealthyClimateMT.com

Partners

MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett

 

Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-6570