Global Climate Change and Public Health, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1461484170
  • ISBN-13: 9781461484172
  • DDC: 616.200471
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 406 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Pulmonary physicians and scientists have minimal capacity to respond to climate change and its impacts on health. The extent to which climate change influences the prevalence and incidence of respiratory morbidity remains largely undefined. However, evidence is increasing that climate change does drive respiratory disease onset and exacerbation as a result of increased ambient and indoor air pollution, desertification, heat stress, wildfires, and the geographic and temporal spread of pollens, molds and infectious agents. Preliminary research has revealed climate change to have potentially direct and indirect adverse impacts on respiratory health. Published studies have linked climate change to increases in respiratory disease, including the following: changing pollen releases impacting asthma and allergic rhinitis, heat waves causing critical care-related diseases, climate driven air pollution increases, exacerbating asthma and COPD, desertification increasing particulate matter (PM) exposures, and climate related changes in food and water security impacting infectious respiratory disease through malnutrition (pneumonia, upper respiratory infections). High-level ozone and ozone exposure has been linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, and acute lower respiratory infection. This new volume is based on the research, findings, and discussions of US and international experts on respiratory health and climate change. The ATS Climate Change and Respiratory Health Workshop, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 15, 2010, addressed the threat to global respiratory health posed by climate change. It was attended by domestic and international experts as well as representatives of international respiratory societies and key US federal agencies. Editors Dr. Pinkerton and Dr. Rom were co-chairs of the event.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Consequences of Global Warming to the Public’s Health.
2: Climate Variability and Change Data and Information for Global Public Health.
3: Climate Change: Overview of Data Sources, Observed and Predicted Temperature Changes, and Impacts on Public and Environmental Health.
4: Eyewitness to Global Warming.
5: California and Climate Changes.
6: Heat Waves and Rising Temperatures: Human Health Impacts and the Determinants of Vulnerability.
7: Climate, Air Quality, and Allergy: Emerging Methods for Detecting Linkages.
8: The Human Health Co-benefits of Air Quality Improvements Associated with Climate Change Mitigation.
9: Asthma, Hay Fever, Pollen, and Climate Change.
10: Dengue Fever and Climate Change.
11: Impact of Climate Change on Vector-Borne Disease in the Amazon.
12: Climate Variability and Change: Food, Water, and Societal Impacts.
13: Household Air Pollution from Cookstoves: Impacts on Health and Climate.
14: Biomass Fuel and Lung Diseases: An Indian Perspective.
15: The Effects of Climate Change and Air Pollution on Children and Mothers’ Health.
16: Climate Change and Public Health in Small Island States and Caribbean Countries.
17: Global Climate Change, Desertification, and Its Consequences in Turkey and the Middle East.
18: Assessing the Health Risks of Climate Change.
19: Federal Programs in Climate Change and Health Research.
20: Management of Climate Change Adaptation at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
21: Public Health and Climate Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
22: California’s Cap-and-Trade Program.