Climate Change

How climate change impacts human health

Published: Friday 29 August 2014

'Poorer populations and children will be disproportionately affected'
Author: Kundan Pandey
Emphasising the urgent need to fight climate changes, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday suggested several measures to make the global health system more resilient to climate change and minimise its consequences on human health.
Dire need of policy and guidance that can promote public health and environment, including healthier homes and healthier transport, says health agency
Author: Kundan Pandey
Finding solutions to the upcoming challenges due to change in climate was main agenda on second day of the global conference of World Health Organization (WHO) on health and climate change.
According to data from health agency, climate change is causing tens of thousands of deaths every year from shifting patterns of disease
Author: Kundan Pandey
Change in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from the diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. Not only this, the right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury, Experts participated in the first session of global conference on climate change and health, organised by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Calls humanity's unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels a disease
Author: Kundan Pandey
UNFCCC executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, who spoke at the WHO conference on climate and health conference on Wednesday, called on health ministers to support an effective universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.
Greater focus on preventative public health measures could ease pressure on health services and provide a more supportive environment for achieving universal health coverage, says WHO
Author: Kundan Pandey
That change in climate impacts human health is something most experts acknowledge now. But climate's impact on policy making is yet to be seen.
Accurate weather prediction and coordinated action plan hold the key
Author: Dileep Mavalankar,
The Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) at Gandhi Nagar carried out research along with Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad on heat waves and its impacts on human health. It is known that temperatures in the city during summers rise up to 47°C. It results in several health consequences, sometimes reaching extreme levels; many people lose their lives.
Though there is no evidence showing inter-annual variation in malaria transmission intensities and climatic determinants in the Northeast because of better preventive and treatment measures in place, building stronger health systems is an imperative
Author: Vas Dev
Malaria is major public health illness in north-eastern India and the disease's burden is estimated to be enormous. The region receives one of the heaviest rainfalls in the world and is endowed with huge evergreen forest reserve, rich in fauna and flora. Both P. falciparum and P. vivax, the causative parasites occur in abundance but P. falciparum is the predominant infection (the killer parasite).

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