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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.

Built Environment and Nature Contact

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

  • Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy

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.

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Mental Health Impacts

  • Wray, B.  Resources for working with climate emotions.

  • 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.


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