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Mona Sarfaty

and Edward Maibach

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date: 02 August 2021

This chapter reviews the public’s understanding of the health implications of climate change and how health professionals, environmental scientists, and others can effectively communicate about the relevance of climate change to public health. It describes six segments of the population, each with a distinct pattern of climate change beliefs, behaviors, policy preferences, and levels of issue engagement. The chapter describes the roles of public health professionals in improving communication and the public’s understanding of the health consequences of climate change. This chapter also contains textboxes on principles of climate change communication and on presenting a massive open online course (MOOC) on human health and global environmental change.

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