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Climate Change & Health

Infectious Disease Transmission

Water scarcity fact file (WHO, 2009)

World Water and Climate Atlas (IWMI, 2008)

Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change (The Lancet and University College London, 2009) − “Climate change could be the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Effects on health of climate change will be felt by most populations in the next decades and put the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk. ... This report outlines the major threats − both direct and indirect − to global health from climate change through changing patterns of disease, water and food insecurity, vulnerable shelter and human settlements, extreme climatic events, and population migration. Although vector-borne diseases will expand their reach and death tolls, the indirect effects of climate change on water, food security, and extreme climatic events are likely to have the biggest effect on global health.

The Lancet series on Health and Climate Change (2009)

Climate change − the greatest public health threat of our time: Seeing the wood, not just the trees (Perspectives in Public Health, 2010)

Climate change: a creeping catastrophe (Bull. WHO, 2010) – “ The possible links between climate change and health form one of the most controversial topics of our time.”

Climate change and its potential impact on health: a call for integrated action (Bulletin WHO, 2010)

Global environmental change and health: impacts, inequalities, and the health sector (BMJ, 2008)

Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health (Worldwatch Report, 2009) − Executive Summary.

Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: Understanding the Contributions to Infectious Disease Emergence (Executive Summary) (NAP, 2008) 

Adaptation costs for climate change-related cases of diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, and malaria in 2030 (Globalization and Health, 2008) – “The investment needs in the health sector to address climate-sensitive health outcomes are large. Additional human and financial resources will be needed to prevent and control the projected increased burden of health outcomes due to climate change.”

Climate change and infectious diseases in North America: the road ahead (CMAJ, 2008)

Global climate change (chapter 20 of , WHO, 2004)

Climate Change: Quantifying the Health Impact at National and Local Levels (Environmental Burden of Disease Series #14, WHO, 2007)

Global climate and health: predicting infectious disease outbreaks (Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, 2006)

Climate Change and Health (Commission on Climate Change and Development, 2009)

Climate change and infectious disease: a dangerous liaison? (The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2008)

The Impact of Climate Change on Water, Sanitation, and Diarrheal Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean (PRB, 2007)

Climate, climate change and human health in Asian cities (Environment and Urbanization, 2008)

Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions (Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, 2005) Executive summary for Policymakers

Climate Change and Human Health − Risks and Responses (WHO, WMO & UNEP, 2003)

Under the Weather: Climate, Ecosystems, and Infectious Disease (NAP, 2001)

Climate change (WHO webpage)  Factsheet: Climate and health (WHO, 2007)

WHO publications on health and climate change, 1990−2008

Climate Change and the Health of the Public (whole issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2008)

Modeling the effects of weather and climate change on malaria transmission (Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010)

Podcast: Climates, Oceans, Global Warming and Cholera (Dr Rita Caldwell, Inaugural Environmental Microbiology Annual Lecture, 8 September 2008)

Supercourse Powerpoints: 
Global Environmental Change and Health
Climate Instability and Public Health
Experimental Prediction of Climate-related Malaria Incidence 
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