Special Issue "Impact of Climate Change on Child Health"

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A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Helen Leonard

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6872, Australia
Website: http://www.childhealthresearch.org.au/our-people/staff-student-index/l/helen-leonard.aspx
Fax: +31 30 253 7417
Interests: rare diseases; epidemiology of intellectual disability; autism; Down syndrome; Rett syndrome; preterm birth; climate change; cohort studies; international registers
Guest Editor
Dr. Emma Glasson

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, P.O. Box 855, West Perth, Western Australia, 6872, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9489 7777
Interests: the epidemiology of developmental disorders; specifically including autism spectrum disorder; intellectual disability and Down syndrome; and the intergenerational patterns of health and illness
Guest Editor
Dr. Alison Anderson

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, P.O. Box 855, West Perth, Western Australia, 6872, Australia
Phone: +61 9489 7781
Interests: developmental origins of health and disease; health impacts of in utero exposure to environmental contaminants; bioinformatics approaches to investigating complex toxicity modes of action and health impacts of climate change
Guest Editor
Prof. Robyn Lucas

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, P.O. Box 855, West Perth, Western Australia, 6872, Australia, and National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, 0200, Australia
Interests: environmental effects on immune function; epidemiology; developmental origins of health and disease; autoimmune diseases; climate change; ultraviolet radiation; vitamin D
Guest Editor
Dr. Brad Farrant

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, P.O. Box 855, West Perth, Western Australia, 6872, Australia
Phone: + 61 8 9489 7711
Interests: early childhood development; effects of broader ecological factors like climate change; biodiversity loss and population growth on children's development now and in the future

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent research suggests that climate change is a major threat to the health and wellbeing of children worldwide, now and in the future. Overwhelmingly, the health burden caused by climate change will be borne by children, who may have less capacity to adapt or to avoid these new challenges to health. Current national and international emission reduction commitments are inadequate. Even if they are honoured, the global temperature rise by the end of this century is predicted to be double the internationally agreed ‘safe’ target of 2 degrees Celsius. We must better understand the full range of the increased risks to the health and wellbeing of children in order to prepare for, or alter, the expected impact.

Climate change will have wide-ranging effects on the environment and our interaction with it. There may be some benefits to health, for example very cold climates becoming warmer. But the breadth and magnitude of adverse effects are expected to result in a net negative impact on health and well-being for individuals and populations. Increased weather-related disasters, extreme climatic conditions and sea-level rise are likely to cause large-scale population migration and changes in disease patterns. Children will be at particular increased risk for multiple health outcomes including mental health disorders, malnutrition, and infectious and allergic diseases. Developing countries in tropical areas are likely to suffer most due to poverty, lack of access to clean water, poor sanitation, inadequate health care systems and high density populations. Reducing CO2 emissions has become a major global objective, but many additional challenges remain including the development of better outcome measures to assess child health impacts.

This special issue in Children will act as a forum to expand our understanding of the specific mechanisms that lead to increased health and disability risk for children, how risk might be better estimated and measured across time and geography, and how cost-effective strategies might be applied at local levels to enhance adaptation, or to mitigate effects of, region-specific impacts.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Prof. Helen Leonard
Dr Emma Glasson
Dr Alison Anderson
Prof. Robyn Lucas
Dr. Brad Farrant
Guest Editors

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


Keywords

  • climate change
  • global warming
  • child health and wellbeing
  • climate sensitive disease
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • communicable disease
  • psychological distress
  • heat waves
  • floods
  • storms
  • fires
  • droughts
  • post traumatic stress
  • forced migration
  • food security
  • malnutrition

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Children 2015, 2(4), 412-423; doi:10.3390/children2040412
Received: 21 August 2014 / Revised: 10 September 2014 / Accepted: 11 September 2015 / Published: 15 October 2015
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Children 2014, 1(3), 461-473; doi:10.3390/children1030461
Received: 30 June 2014 / Revised: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 3 December 2014
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Children 2014, 1(3), 457-460; doi:10.3390/children1030457
Received: 8 November 2014 / Accepted: 11 November 2014 / Published: 26 November 2014
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Children 2014, 1(3), 403-423; doi:10.3390/children1030403
Received: 10 August 2014 / Revised: 7 October 2014 / Accepted: 12 October 2014 / Published: 11 November 2014
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Children 2014, 1(2), 99-106; doi:10.3390/children1020099
Received: 25 June 2014 / Accepted: 28 July 2014 / Published: 14 August 2014
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