Climate Change an Occupational Risk for Outdoor Workers

Texas Guardsmen rescuing residents from Hurricane Harvey flooding
Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion partnered with first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety days after Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas, August 28, 2017, Cypress Creek, Texas. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle.

Climate change is presenting major occupational challenges, especially to those who work outside in extreme weather. Just think of the emergency personnel bravely responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, not to mention those who work outside regularly, such as landscapers and farmworkers.

This New York Times article features how climate change is affecting workers and residents in the Galveston and Houston areas of Texas - their health, jobs, and economic mobility. And this was published in August 2017 before Hurricane Harvey hit the state.