Special Issue "Life: Climate Change and Infectious Disease"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Bernardino Roca
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Hospital General, University Jaume I, 12071 Castellon, Spain
Interests: infectious disease; climate change; cardiovascular risk factors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a result of the high concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the Earth's average temperature is increasing at a concerning rate. Global temperature across land and ocean surfaces has increased about 1 ºC over the past 40 years, and it is estimated that it will increase an additional 1 ºC throughout the 21st century.

Temperature increase is leading to Antarctic ice melt and glacier shrinkage. Relatedly, an overall sea level rise of 10 to 20 cm has taken place over the last few decades, and projections estimate additional rises in the range of 50 to 100 cm throughout the 21st century.

Other general effects of climate change include:

  • More frequent extreme weather events, such as floods or droughts.
  • More frequent heat waves and forest fires.
  • Increased risk of extinction for some animal and plant species.

Climate and weather have a relevant impact on human body physiology, health status and survival. Therefore, climate change is expected to have a major impact on diseases, such as:

  • Heatstroke and other conditions related to high temperatures.
  • Emergence of vector-transmitted infections, such as malaria, in previously unaffected regions.
  • Nutritional deficiencies related to food underproduction, infections due to water contamination, or climate-related mental health impairment.

This Special Issue of Life seeks all types of manuscripts (e.g., reviews, original research articles, and short communications) on infectious diseases at increased incidence risk, due to climate change, such as gastrointestinal infections, respiratory viral infections or mosquitoe-transmitted diseases.

Dr. Bernardino Roca
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Life is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • climate change
  • infectious disease
  • malaria
  • diarrhea
  • respiratory infections

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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