Special Issue "Climate Impacts on Health"


A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alessandro Pezzoli
World Habitat Cooperation Centre - WHCC Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio, Politecnico di Torino, e Università di Torino Viale Mattioli 39 10125 Turin, Italy
Website: https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.scheda_pers_swas.show?m=1937
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Interests: impact of the climate change on the human health; climate, weather and sports; climate change and society; climate change adaptation; sports engineering; sports performance analysis; environmental and weather effect on the sports performance; environmental ergonomics and sports

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is widely known in the scientific community that the world has begun to warm as a result of human influence. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, arising from the combustion of carbon fossil fuel, generates changing in the climate.
Indeed most studies have assessed the potential impacts of climate change on the health through the increased frequency and intensity of health waves, reduction in cold-related deaths, increased floods and droughts, changes in the distribution of vector-borne disease and effects on the risk of disasters and malnutrition.
However, the climate change differs from many other environmental health problems because of its gradual onset, widespread rather than localized effect and the fact that the most important effects will probably be indirect.
Some recent and important publications, as the “Atlas of Health and Climate” published jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, show that only the collaboration between the meteorological and the public health communities can help us to thoroughly study this link between climate and health.
In this special issue we welcome papers that examine the various aspects of the climate impact on health and we will use a multidisciplinary approach combining the research generated by both the meteorological scientific community and the health community.

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Pezzoli
Guest Editor


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.

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  • climate change, infections and diffusion of diseases
  • climate change, natural hazard and emergencies
    • floods and cyclone
    • drought
    • airborne dispersion of hazardous materials
    • smog (from wildfires or other causes) impacts on the health
  • air pollution related to health issues (e.g. VOCs, ozone, PM2.5, etc…)
  • health stress
  • UV radiation
  • pollen related allergies

Published Papers (5 papers)

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p. 435-441
Climate 2015, 3(2), 435-441; doi:10.3390/cli3020435
Received: 21 May 2015 / Revised: 12 June 2015 / Accepted: 15 June 2015 / Published: 18 June 2015
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p. 308-328
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Climate 2015, 3(2), 308-328; doi:10.3390/cli3020308
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 30 March 2015 / Published: 16 April 2015
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Climate 2015, 3(1), 100-117; doi:10.3390/cli3010100
Received: 26 November 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
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Climate 2014, 2(4), 310-328; doi:10.3390/cli2040310
Received: 30 June 2014 / Revised: 6 November 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 17 November 2014
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Climate 2014, 2(3), 133-152; doi:10.3390/cli2030133
Received: 4 May 2014 / Revised: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 18 June 2014 / Published: 26 June 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
What Butterfly Effect? The Contextual Differences in Public Perceptions of the Health Risk Posed by Climate Change
James W. Stoutenborough, Kellee J. Kirkpatrick and Arnold Vedlitz

1Idaho State University
2Texas A&M University
Abstract: One of the most difficult aspects of persuading the public to support climate change policy is the lack of recognition that climate change will likely have a direct impact on an individual’s life. Anecdotal evidence and arguments within the media suggest that those who are skeptical of climate change are more likely to believe that the negative externalities associated with climate change are to be experienced by others and therefore, are not a concern to that individual. This project examines public perceptions of the health risk posed by climate change. Using a large national public opinion survey of adults in the United States, respondents were asked to evaluate the health risk for themselves, their community, the United States, and the world. The results suggest that individuals evaluate the risk for each of these contexts differently. Statistical analyses are estimated to identify the determinants of each risk perception to identify their respective differences. The implications of these findings on support for climate change policy are discussed.


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