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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(2), 759-786; doi:10.3390/ijerph6020759

Valuing Climate Change Impacts on Human Health: Empirical Evidence from the Literature

Basque Centre for Climate Change BC3, Gran Via, 35 – 2, 48005 Bilbao, Spain
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Received: 29 December 2008 / Accepted: 17 February 2009 / Published: 23 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability: Environmental Studies and Public Health)
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Abstract

There is a broad consensus that climate change will increase the costs arising from diseases such as malaria and diarrhea and, furthermore, that the largest increases will be in developing countries. One of the problems is the lack of studies measuring these costs systematically and in detail. This paper critically reviews a number of studies about the costs of planned adaptation in the health context, and compares current health expenditures with MDGs which are felt to be inadequate when considering climate change impacts. The analysis serves also as a critical investigation of the methodologies used and aims at identifying research weaknesses and gaps. View Full-Text
Keywords: Climate change; health impacts; adaptation; cost-effectiveness; cost-benefit analysis Climate change; health impacts; adaptation; cost-effectiveness; cost-benefit analysis
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Markandya, A.; Chiabai, A. Valuing Climate Change Impacts on Human Health: Empirical Evidence from the Literature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 759-786.

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