For decades, preparing for climate change felt like waiting for a meteor to hit: Sure, it could happen. But the threat didn’t feel imminent compared to the challenges businesses faced.

But concern has been rising as more communities and companies across the U.S.—including those in healthcare—have begun recognizing potential disruptions to the way they do business and seeking better ways to respond to a changing world.

Among the most tangible threats?

“Changes in temperature and precipitation are increasing air quality and health risks from wildfire and ground-level ozone pollution,” according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment. “Rising air and water temperatures and more intense extreme events are expected to increase exposure to waterborne and foodborne diseases, affecting food and water safety. With continued warming, cold-related deaths are projected to decrease and heat-related deaths are projected to increase.”…

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