Special Issue "Climate Change and Human Health Impacts and Adaptation"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Aline Chiabai
BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Alameda Urquijo 4, 48008 Bilbao Bizkaia, Spain
Website: http://www.bc3research.org/aline_chiabai.html
E-Mail: aline.chiabai@bc3research.org
Interests: economic valuation of climate change impacts on human health for policy guidance, including costs and benefits of adaptation policies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a general agreement in the scientific community that climate has a significant impact on human health and well-being. Climate change is expected to affect frequency and severity of health risks, especially in developing countries and in the most vulnerable population, such as children, the elderly, people in poor health and the urban poor. Some impacts are expected to be favorable but most of them will be negative. There is still, however, considerable uncertainty as to the magnitude of the overall health impacts, both in physical and economic terms, due to the multifaceted interactions between climate and health, the complex dynamics of some illnesses (e.g. malaria), the existing reciprocal relationship between them and the many socio-economic factors which may contribute to health vulnerability. Further uncertainty is related to the socio-economic growth which is expected to decrease health vulnerability.

Population vulnerability can be reduced by putting in place adaptation strategies, which can be reactive and preventive, hard and soft, planned and autonomous, short- and long-term, all of them being complementary forms. Although past studies have put more emphasis on public hard adaptation, it is generally recognized that soft adaptation is more cost-effective, while avoiding massive investments. When assessing adaptation, a key issue is the complexity in distinguishing between development deficit and adaptation deficit, especially in developing countries.

This issue represents an effort to analyse the major health vulnerabilities to climate change, the related economic and social impacts, as well as the most cost-effective adaptation measures to reduce vulnerability under climate variability.

Dr. Aline Chiabai
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • climate change
  • human health
  • vulnerability
  • adaptation
  • health impacts development goals
  • cost-effectiveness
  • cost-benefit
  • economic assessment

Published Papers (9 papers)

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(12), 4760-4781; doi:10.3390/ijerph9124760
Received: 15 October 2012; in revised form: 8 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 December 2012 / Published: 18 December 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2134-2158; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062134
Received: 3 May 2012; Accepted: 28 May 2012 / Published: 6 June 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(5), 1523-1547; doi:10.3390/ijerph9051523
Received: 14 March 2012; in revised form: 2 April 2012 / Accepted: 3 April 2012 / Published: 25 April 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 55-72; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010055
Received: 8 December 2011; in revised form: 22 December 2011 / Accepted: 23 December 2011 / Published: 29 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4679-4701; doi:10.3390/ijerph8124679
Received: 30 September 2011; in revised form: 17 November 2011 / Accepted: 1 December 2011 / Published: 16 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4582-4595; doi:10.3390/ijerph8124582
Received: 18 August 2011; in revised form: 11 November 2011 / Accepted: 2 December 2011 / Published: 8 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4563-4581; doi:10.3390/ijerph8124563
Received: 18 October 2011; in revised form: 23 November 2011 / Accepted: 2 December 2011 / Published: 7 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4386-4405; doi:10.3390/ijerph8124386
Received: 2 September 2011; in revised form: 22 November 2011 / Accepted: 23 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(7), 2854-2875; doi:10.3390/ijerph8072854
Received: 3 June 2011; in revised form: 24 June 2011 / Accepted: 29 June 2011 / Published: 13 July 2011
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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