Editorial by the NIEHS Director of Communications
I want to take this opportunity to assure the NIEHS community that the topic of climate change is still well-represented throughout the NIEHS website. For example:
- Climate change is featured in the Health and Education section of the NIEHS website, including a link to the landmark report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment.
- The Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal(https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/cchhl/)is a compilation of studies on climate change and health that have been published around the world.
- The NIEHS brochures and fact sheets webpage includes the report A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change.
- Numerous climate change podcasts are available on the NIEHS website and on iTunes.
- Entering the phrase climate change into the website search box yields thousands of results and many resources.
NIEHS, like all organizations, continually updates its webpages to improve content, design, and organization, and reflect changes in the science. These updates are made across all NIEHS topics on a regular basis.
Recently, the content of a few select webpages that previously focused solely on climate change was expanded to include information on broader climate topics, such as extreme weather events, emergency responder safety resources, and the new Disaster Research Response program, while still maintaining all the information on climate change. The pages once titled Climate Change and Human Health were retitled Climate and Human Health.
This week, many news outlets published stories that mischaracterized a title change on three webpages as a total elimination of climate change from the entire NIEHS website, igniting a brushfire of worry, disappointment, and even outrage among environmental and science advocates. This is very unfortunate, as the NIEHS needs, and greatly values, the support of its stakeholders.
My hope is that a heightened awareness will yield some positive results. I am encouraged to report that traffic to the NIEHS website is way up, and visits to our climate change webpages have increased by approximately 75 percent. More than ever before, it seems, people are discovering NIEHS and the terrific resources we provide on health and climate, including climate change.