Brown University School of Engineering

Superfund Research Program: Seminar

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Friday, October 05, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"The Health Impacts of Climate Change in Rhode Island," presented by Robert Vanderslice, RI Department of Health Environmental indicators of climate change are already evident in Rhode Island. Data are sufficient to document rises in sea level, increases in air and water temperature, and increases in flooding associated with increased storm intensity. How are these changes affecting our health, safety and welfare in the State? Data from hospital discharge, emergency room admissions, reportable disease incidence and other sources will be used by the RI Department of Health to begin to investigate both the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on health. Advocacy and research at Brown University was instrumental in the passage of legislation to create the RI Climate Change Commission to investigate the impacts of climate change and recommend strategies to adapt and mitigate these impacts in the State. Politically charged debates are already occurring about how best to respond to eroding coastal roads and infrastructure in the face of sea level rise.