Editor’s note: We’re publishing a series from The Story Group that shows Americans on the front lines of climate change. The videos put faces to the warnings in the latest National Climate Assessment.

“Climate change and health are connected right here, right now, in our backyards all across the United States,” says Kim Knowlton, a convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment’s Human Health chapter.

Global warming threatens our well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfires, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. And those effects will hit the poor and people of color the hardest. 

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