California Senate Office of Research
This report reviews scientific evidence of the potential impacts of climate change on public health in California. Whereas several reports have explored this issue at an international or national scale, this report was developed to serve as a thorough reference pertaining to California specifically, complete with citations for further studies. The report describes the state of climate change in California and possible effects on human health. It includes a detailed summary of research showing how California’s population already is affected by extreme heat and other suboptimal environmental conditions that could worsen with climate change. Most of the studies cited here look at historic climate-related health outcomes without attributing impacts to climate change that has already occurred. Some studies use the historic data as a basis for making future projections linked to climate change.
Drought Extreme heat Extreme storms Flooding Ocean acidification Temperature Wildfire