Tuesday, July 5, 2011

[EQ] A human health perspective on climate change

A human health perspective on climate change

Produced by: Environmental Health Perspectives (2010)

Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK

Available online PDF [80p.] at: http://1.usa.gov/koXDmB

“…..This report highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change.

The purpose of this paper is to identify research needs for all aspects of the research-to-decision making pathway that will help us understand and mitigate the health effects of climate change, as well as ensure that we choose the healthiest and most efficient approaches to climate change adaptation. This way, the authors provide a starting point for coordination of research to better understand climate’s impact on human health.

The paper highlights the state-of-the-science on the human health consequences of climate change on:

·         Asthma, respiratory allergies, and airway diseases.

·         Cancer.

·         Cardiovascular disease and stroke.

·         Foodborne diseases and nutrition.

·         Heat-related morbidity and mortality.

·         Human developmental effects.

·         Mental health and stress- related disorders.

·         Neurological diseases and disorders.

·         Waterborne diseases.

·         Weather-related morbidity and mortality.

·         Vectorborne and zoonotic diseases (like malaria, which can be transmitted from animals to humans).

The report also examines a number of cross-cutting issues for research in this area, including susceptible, vulnerable, and displaced populations; public health and health care infrastructure; capacities and skills needed; and communication and education efforts. …”

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