Oregon counties prep for climate change

Oregon counties prep for climate change

Multnomah County and six other Oregon counties released plans for responding to the health impacts of climate change.

With climate models predicting hotter summers and wetter winters across the Northwest, Multnomah County health officials are preparing for more heat-related illnesses and deaths, mosquito-borne diseases, and asthma attacks from poor air quality and longer allergy seasons.

The Multnomah County Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan analyzes which people in the Portland metro area are especially vulnerable to climate change, which could bring a rise in average temperatures between 3.3 degrees and 9.7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.

Read more at OPB.