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Public Health

Climate change has engendered serious public health challenges in Rhode Island. Harmful algal blooms in state waters, vector-borne diseases (from mosquitoes and ticks), asthma, allergies, and heat stresses (spasms, exhaustion, and stroke) are among these challenges. Heat waves are the leading cause of extreme-weather-related deaths in the United States. Climate change threatens air quality, water quality, food security, and disease resistance, and exists as a growing threat to the health and safety of Rhode Islanders.