The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices has just released an exciting new report, the Health Costs of Climate Change.

The health impacts of climate change will intensify in the coming years, ranging from wildfires and fierce storms to increases in hospital visits from air pollution. All of these impacts come with a cost, and this report attempts to describe the known, quantifiable costs of climate change and human health. The report acknowledges that some costs cannot be quantified or are yet unknown.

The report also states that the existing social determinants of health, like poverty and racism, will be worsened by climate change, increasing pressure on the public health system and the Canadian economy. However, action on prevention (mitigation), preparation (adaptation), and the root causes of climate-related health impacts can improve health outcomes for the future.