Foundational Reading

Topic Library

Air Pollution

Allergy and Immunology

  • Albertine JM, Manning WJ, DaCosta M, Stinson KA, Muilenberg ML, Rogers CA.  Projected carbon dioxide to increase grass pollen and allergen exposure despite higher ozone levels.  PLoS One.  2014;9(11):e111712.

  • Zhang Y, Bielory L, Mi Z, Cai T, et al.  Allergenic pollen season variations in the past two decades under changing climate in the United States.  Glob Chang Biol.  2015;21(4):1581-1589.

  • Ziska L, Knowlton K, Rogers C, et al.  Recent warming by latitude associated with increased length of ragweed pollen season in central North America.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.  2011;108(10):4248-4251.

  • Ziska LH, Caulfield FA.  Rising carbon dioxide and pollen production of common ragweed, a known allergy-inducing species: implications for public health.  Aust J Plant Physiol. 2000;27:893-898.

Birth Outcomes

Climate and Children

Climate Migration and Conflict


  • Schachtel A, Dyer J, Boos MD. Climate change and pediatric skin health. Int Jour of Women's Derm 2021, 7(1): 85-90.

Ecosystem Restoration

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer

Energy and Infrastructure

Carbon Sequestration

Environmental Justice


  • The Overstory by Richard Powers

Food Systems


  • Basu R, Ostro BD.  A multicounty analysis identifying the populations vulnerable to mortality associated with high ambient temperatures in California.  Am J Epidemiol.  2008;168(6):632-637.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Heat illness among high school athletes-United States, 2005-2009.  MMWR Morb Mortal Wly Rep. 2010;59(32):1009-1013.

  • Xu Z, Etzel RA, Su H, Huang C, Guo Y, Tong S.  Impact of ambient temperature on children's health: a systematic review.  Environ Res.  2012;117:120-131.


  • Benbrahim-Tallas L, Baan RA, Grosse Y, et al.  Carcinogenicity of diesel-engine and gasoline-engine exhausts and some nitroarenes.  Lancet Oncol. 2012;13(7):663-664.

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer.  IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Vol. 109.  Outdoor air pollution.  Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2016.

  • Kohler LN, Garcia DO, Harris RB, Oren E, et al. Adherence to diet and physical activity cancer prevention guidelines and cancer outcomes: A systematic review. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016;25(7):1018-1028. 

  • Raaschou-Nielsen O, Reynolds P.  Air pollution and childhood cancer: a review of the epidemiological literature.  Int J Cancer.  2006;118(12):2920-2929.

Infectious Disease

  • Altizer S, Ostfeld RS, Johnson PT, Kutz S, Harvell CD.  Climate change and infectious diseases: from evidence to predictive framework.  Science. 2013;341(6145):514-519.

  • Anyamba A, Small JL, Britch SC, et al.  Recent weather extremes and impacts on agricultural production and vector-bourne disease outbreak patterns.  PLoS One.  2014;9(3):e92538.

  • Drayna P, McLellan SL, Simpson P, Li SH, Gorelick MH.  Association between rainfall and pediatric emergency department visits for acute gastrointestinal illness. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118:1439–1443.

  • Easterling DR, Kunkel KE, Arnold JR, et al. Precipitation change in the United States. In: Wuebbles DJ, Fahey DW, Hibbard KA, Dokken DJ, Stewart BC, Maycock TK, eds. Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I. Washington, DC: U.S. Global Change Research Program; 2017:207–230.

  • Ivers LC, Ryan ET.  Infectious diseases of severe weather-related and flood-related natural disasters.  Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2006;19(5):408-414.

  • Kraemer M, Reiner R Jr, Brady O, et al. Past and future spread of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Nat Microbiol. 2019;4:854–863.

  • Messner M, Shaw S, Regli S, Rotert K, Blank V, Soller J. An approach for developing a national estimate of waterborne disease due to drinking water and a national estimate model application. J Water Health
    2006;4(suppl 2):201–240.

  • Monaghan A, Moore S, Sampson K, Beard C, Eisen R. Climate change influences on the annual onset of Lyme disease in the United States. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2015;6:615–622.

  • Ogden NH, Radojevic M, Wu X, Duvvuri VR, et al.  Estimated effects of projected climate change on the basic reproductive number of the Lyme disease vector ixodes scapularis.  Environ Health Perspect. 2014;122(6):631-638.

  • Trtanj J, Jantarasami L, Brunkard J, et al. Ch. 6: Climate impacts on water-related illness. In: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Washington, DC: U.S. Global Change Research Program; 2016:157–188.

Mental Health Impacts

  • Brokamp C, Strawn J, Beck A, Ryan P.  Pediatric psychiatric emergency department utilization and fine particulate matter: A case-crossover study.  Environ Health Perspect. 2019, 127(9).

  • Burke S, Sanson A, Van Hoorn J.  The psychological effects of climate change on children.  Current Psychiatry Reports 2018, 20(35).

  • Goldmann E, Galea S.  Mental health consequences of disasters.  Annu Rev Public Health.  2014;35:169-183.

  • Hansen A, Bi P, Nitschke M, et al. The Effect of Heat Waves on Mental Health in a Temperate Australian City. Environ Health Perspect. 2008;116:1369-1375.

  • McLaughlin KA, Fairbank JA, Gruber MJ, et al.  Trends in serious emotional disturbance among youths exposed to Hurricane Katrina.  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.  2010;49(10):990-1000.

  • Miranda DS, Choonara I.  Hurricanes and child health: lessons from Cuba.  Arch Rev Public Health.  2011;96(4):328-329.

  • Moore KW, Varela RE.  Correlates of long-term posttraumatic stress symptoms in children following Hurricane Katrina.  Child Psychiatry Hum Dev.  2010;41(2):239-250.

  • Stern J.  A mental-health crisis is burning across the American West. The Atlantic, July 2020.

  • Thompson R, Hornigold R, Page L, Waite T. Associations between high ambient temperatures and heat waves with mental health outcomes: a systematic review. Public Health. 2018 Aug;161:171-191.

  • Wang X, Lavigne E, Ouellette-Kuntz H, Chen BE. Acute impacts of extreme temperature exposure on emergency room admission related to mental and behavior disorders in Toronto, Canada. J Affect Disord. 2014;155:154-161.

Natural Gas

Plant-Based Diets

  • Bouvard V, Loomis D, Guyton K, Grosse Y, et al.  Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat. Lancet Oncol. 2015; 16(16).

  • Dietrich M, Block G, Pogoda J, Buffler P.  A review: dietary and endogenously formed N-nitroso compounds and risk of childhood brain tumors.  Cancer Causes Control 2005; 16(6):619-635.