Our Health and Climate Change

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our health is dependent on the help of our natural resources.

America’s forests, wetlands, and other natural areas provide our communities with tremendous benefits, including clean water and air, and defending against weather-related disasters. Our forests, for example, capture about 14% of the domestic carbon emissions, and our national forests alone provide 58% of the nation’s water supply. Wetlands are estimated to provide the equivalent of $23.2 billion in storm protection services every year. That’s an average of $33,000 an acre.

However, rising levels of heat-trapping pollution are already damaging our natural resources — as a result, communities across the U.S. face an array of threats to public health.

Read more about these public health implications by clicking on the link below.

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