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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

Human Health Working Group

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  • This article explains how climate change is causing increases in extreme weather incidents, negatively affecting air quality, and threatening the health and safety of Wisconsinites.
  • Students will learn about the health effects of flooding, high ozone levels, and warming temperatures as the climate continues to change.
Teaching Tips


  • This article has some intense photos that should make an impression in students' minds.
  • This article mentions redlining and how it relates to flooding.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the following terms: respiratory, ozone, pollen, and heat island effect.
  • Students should know what redlining was, which groups were targeted, and how this practice impacts marginalized groups today.


  • Teachers can read this article before class and take notes on which sections may confuse students during the lesson.
  • Students can use this article for an informative essay on how climate change will impact some groups more than others.
  • For ELLs, it may be useful to define some words before these students dive into the reading.
  • Students can use this article for a research project on how climate change will impact many facets of human existence in drastic ways.
Scientist Notes
This resource is the webpage for the Human Health Working Group for the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. The page steps readers through various climate change issues impacting Wisconsin and how they relate to human health. The page also discusses potential solutions, links to related articles written by the group, and explains some climate justice issues. This webpage does not explain the science behind climate change and why the impacts mentioned are occurring, but it does link to other resources. The information presented is accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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