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TitleNatural hazards
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorGosselin, P; Campagna, C; Demers-Bouffard, D; Qutob, S; Flannigan, M
SourceHealth of Canadians in a changing climate: advancing our knowledge for action; by Berry, P (ed.); Schnitter, R (ed.); 2022 p. 114-225, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksOnline - En ligne
PublisherGovernment of Canada
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication is contained in Health of Canadians in a changing climate: advancing our knowledge for action
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Aléas naturels
File formatpdf
ProvinceCanada; British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut
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SubjectsNature and Environment; Health and Safety; Science and Technology; climate effects; health hazards; Climate change; Climate change adaptation; Health; Natural hazards; Mental health; Social health; Physical health; cumulative effects
Illustrationssketch maps; tables; flow diagrams
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation Canada in a Changing Climate
Released2022 02 09
Heatwaves, major floods, wildfires, coastal erosion, and droughts are examples of natural hazards whose frequency and intensity are influenced by climate change. These hazards can cause loss of life, injury and various health problems, damage to property, social and economic disruption, or environmental degradation. The impacts of natural hazards on human health are of particular concern. From heat stroke to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including psychological and social impacts, the health impacts of natural hazards can be serious and depend on complex processes involving individual, social, economic, and environmental factors. Canada has seen many examples of severe impacts from these hazards on the health and safety of the population in the last few years (e.g., heatwave and drought in British Columbia, Fort McMurray fires in Alberta, heatwaves and floods of 2018 in Ontario and Quebec, storms in the Maritime provinces). As climate change accelerates, these impacts on populations will increase unless effective adaptation measures are implemented to reduce them and to protect populations most at risk of being affected. Examples of these adaptation measures specific to each hazard already exist, and should be vigorously implemented by civil society, municipalities, health authorities, provinces, and the federal government.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This chapter reviews evidence of how natural hazards are affected by climate change and their impacts on the mental, social, and physical health of Canadians.

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