Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies for Human Health / Edition 1

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Overview

The book represents the results of the cCASHh study that was carried out in Europe (2001-2004), co-ordinated by WHO and supported by EU Programmes.

The flood events in 2002 and the heat wave of August 2003 in Europe had given evidence in a rather drastic way of our vulnerability and our non preparedness. The project has produced very important results that show that the concurrent work of different disciplines in addressing public health issues can produce innovative and useful results, providing an approach that can be followed on other public health issues. The project has shown that information on potential threats can be extremely useful in preparing the public for adverse events as well as facilitating the response when the events occur. This is a new dimension for public health which reverses the traditional thinking: from identifying and reducing specific risk factors, to taking action on the basis of prediction and early warning to prevent health consequences in large populations.

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This book centers on outcomes from human-induced changes in the global climate system and stratospheric ozone. It focuses on adaptation strategies pertaining to Europe.
Purpose: It aims to identify populations and ecosystems vulnerable to climate change; review current measures, technologies and other issues pertinent to improving adaptive capacity; identify for European populations the most appropriate measures; and provide estimates of the health benefits of various protective strategies.
Audience: A diverse audience can be expected, one embracing the geographic science and public health communities. Technically, the book's primary audience can be anticipated as scholars, but I wouldn't sell it short. Climate, including climate change, affects everyone.
Features: The book is organized in major sections including current and potential climates in Europe, assessment methodologies, observed impacts of extreme weather, impacts of climate change on water, food and vector-borne diseases, adaptation measures, adaptive capacity, economic valuation and trends in European population health.
Assessment: This is a conveniently sized book that provides a very good, epidemiologically-framed approach to understanding the public health impacts of climate change. Despite its emphasis on European concerns, I still found it useful for planning in my own community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783798515918
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Climatic variability and change across Europe 9
3 Adaptation assessment for public health 41
4 Heat-waves and human health 63
5 Floods and human health 99
6 Vector- and rodent-borne diseases 129
7 Climate, weather and enteric diseases 269
8 Policy implications for climate change-related health risks 297
9 Valuing the mortality effects of heat-waves 345
10 The value of a statistical life in the Czech Republic : evidence from a contingent valuation study 373
11 Implications of the SRES scenarios for human health in Europe 395
12 Conclusions 409
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