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Understanding how climate change is impacting our health and wellbeing (and what you can do about it)

A smokey haze surrounds the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven as smoke from Canadian wildfires moves over the state on June 8, 2023. Air quality levels were at unhealthy levels, with officials advising residents to stay inside and keep their windows shut.
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A smokey haze surrounds the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven as smoke from Canadian wildfires moves over the state on June 8, 2023. Air quality levels were at unhealthy levels, with officials advising residents to stay inside and keep their windows shut.

Extreme heat can leave us feeling exhausted after doing the most basic activities of daily living like getting groceries or commuting to work. Low air quality can leave many with sore throats and runny eyes.

And researchers say the health side effects can be much more dire, worsening respiratory and cardiac health. Today, we explore the real health impacts of climate change and how you should prepare.

New research is showing that climate change isn’t just impacting our physical health, but our mental health as well.

Many young people struggle with eco-anxiety or climate anxiety; this is “broadly defined as negative cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses associated with concerns about climate change.”

Each community in Connecticut is being impacted by climate change in unique ways. How is climate change impacting you, where you live?

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Tess is a senior producer for Connecticut Public news-talk show Where We Live. She enjoys hiking Connecticut's many trails and little peaks, gardening and writing in her seven journals.
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