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Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice



Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice

George Luber (Editor), Jay Lemery (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-60358-1 October 2015 Jossey-Bass 672 Pages

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Learn the foundations of climate science and human health

Global Climate Change and Human Health examines the environmental crisis from a public health and clinical health perspective, giving students and clinicians the information they need to prepare for the future of health care. Edited by George Luber, associate director for climate change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Jay Lemery, associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and section chief of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and including chapters written by luminaries in the field, this landmark book provides a comprehensive introduction to climate change and health. Students will learn about climate changes direct effect on health, including extreme weather events, altered and degraded ecosystems, and threats to human security and welfare. Discussions on mitigation and adaptation strategies, including disease surveillance, communications, and greening health care, as well as a primer on the core concepts of climate change science are presented. Each chapter has a specific section on the clinical correlations of the impact of climate change on health. Informative illustrations depict increasing aeroallergens, shifting vector habitats, emergent risks, and more. Visual teaching materials broken down by chapter (including PowerPoint lecture slides) are available for instructors.

This book shows how human health will be —and already has been — affected and how health care practitioners need to start preparing.

  • Understand the science behind climate change and climate variability
  • Learn how the availability of food and clean water will affect public health
  • Consider the diseases that will surge as vector populations swell
  • Discover mitigation strategies targeted toward the health care community
  • Understanding how climate change affects human rights and how international institutions are responding

Increased temperatures bring algal blooms that threaten clean water. Degraded air quality brings allergies, asthma, and respiratory diseases. Ground pollutants lower the nutritional value of food crops. It's clear that climate change is very much a public health concern, and Global Climate Change and Human Health helps those preparing to be on the front lines of health care.

Related Resources

Chapter 1 Primer on Climate Science (Christopher K. Uejio, James D. Tamerius, Karen Wertz, and Katie M. Konchar)

Chapter 2 Extreme Weather Events: The Role of Public Health in Disaster Risk Reduction as a Means for Climate Change Adaptation (Mark E. Keim, M.D.)

Chapter 3 Climate Change Impacts on the Hydrological Cycle and Waterborne Diseases (Jan C. Semenza)

Chapter 4 Climate Change, Carbon Dioxide and Public Health: The Plant Biology Perspective (Lewis H. Ziska and Kris L. Ebi)

Chapter 5 Climate and its Impacts on Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases (Charles B. Beard, Jada F. Garofalo, and Kenneth L. Gage)

Chapter 6 Increased Risks from Cyanobacteria and Algae Blooms (Lorraine C. Backer)

Chapter 7 Ozone, Oppressive Air Masses & Degraded Air Quality (Kim Knowlton)

Chapter 8 Climate Change and Population Mental Health (Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed, and Sandro Galea)

Chapter 9 Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change to Food Security, Safety and Nutrition (Tirado, MC)

Chapter 10 Climate and Health Vulnerability Assessments: A Practical Approach (Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum,  Joy Guillemot, and Kristie Ebi)

Chapter 11 Climate Change Health Impact Projections: Looking into the Future (Jeremy Hess)

Chapter 12 Extreme and Changing Meteorological Conditions on the Human Health Condition (Daniel P. Johnson and Austin C. Stanforth)

Chapter 13 Climate Change Adaptation: Historic Perspective, Framing, and Future Directions (Kristie L. Ebi)

Chapter 14 Protecting Environmental Justice Communities from the Detrimental Impacts of Climate Change (Cecilia Martinez and Nicky Sheats)

Chapter 15 Improving the surveillance of Climate-Sensitive Diseases (Pierre Gosselin, Diane Bélanger, Mathilde Pascal, Philippe Pireaux, and Christovam Barcellos)

Chapter 16 Climate Change Communication (Stuart Capstick, Adam Corner, and Nick Pidgeon)

Chapter 17 Health Co-Benefits of Climate Mitigation Strategies (Linda Rudolph and Maxwell J. Richardson)

Chapter 18 Mitigation: International Institutions and Global Governance (Perry Sheffield and Farah Faisal)

Chapter 19 Community-Based Sentinel Surveillance as an Innovative Tool to Measure the Health Effects of CC in remote Alaska (David L. Driscoll)

Chapter 20 Climate Change and the Right to Health (Carmel Williams)