The Biden administration has pledged to move quickly to contain climate change. That effort will prove as important for our health as a clear and effective pandemic response.

Climate change will come with a range of adverse health consequences that will affect all of us, just as COVID-19 has.

The increasingly frequent and severe heat waves that define climate change have increased the risks of hyperthermia and death. Major cities are hardest hit, as concrete and asphalt soak up heat during the day and release it at night, limiting residents’ ability to recover. Heat waves impose significant death counts. More than 740 people died in Chicago as a result of a 1995 heat wave. . . . READ MORE