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Health and Climate Change: Modelling the impacts of global warming and ozone depletion

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Overview

Health and Climate Change is the first major study of the potentially devastating health impacts of the global atmospheric changes which are under way. Using the best available data, the author presents models of the most plausible future courses of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and schistosomiasis; skin cancer caused by nozone depletion; and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders caused by higher temperatures. Current epidemiological research methods are not well adapted to analysing complex systems influenced by human intervention, or more simple processes calculated to take place within the distant future. Health and Climate Change proposes a new paradigm of integrated eco-epidemiological models for these areas of study.

It will be essential reading for those concerned with public health and epidemiology, environmental studies, climate change and development studies.

Originally published in 1998

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Jonathan Patz
Understanding how complex ecological and climatic change can influence human health is the new challenge before us. The book confronts these multi-dimensional risk assessments head-on and will catalyse the important interdisciplinary and integrated approach that is the new paradigm now required for environmental and public health research.
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Meet the Author

Pim Martins holds the chair 'Sustainable Development' at Maastricht and Leuphana University Luneburg, and is a professor extraordinary at Stellenbosch University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tony McMichael Preface 1. Introduction Outline 2. An Eco-Epidemiological Modelling Approach 3. Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases 4. Modelling Malaria as a Complex Adaptive System 5. Climate Change, Thermal Stress and Morality Changes 6. The Impact of Ozone Depletion on Skin Cancer Incidence 7. Discussion and Conclusions

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