National Security and Human Health Implications of Climate Change

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Climate change has been identified as one of the greatest threats to humanity of all times. In addition to producing adverse environmental conditions such as rising sea level, drought, crop failure, vector-borne diseases, extreme events, degradation of water/air quality and heat waves, climate change is also considered a threat multiplier that leads to local and international conflicts and armed interventions. Urban areas may bear the brunt of climate change, as they are the centers of human habitation, ...

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Overview

Climate change has been identified as one of the greatest threats to humanity of all times. In addition to producing adverse environmental conditions such as rising sea level, drought, crop failure, vector-borne diseases, extreme events, degradation of water/air quality and heat waves, climate change is also considered a threat multiplier that leads to local and international conflicts and armed interventions. Urban areas may bear the brunt of climate change, as they are the centers of human habitation, anthropogenic stressors and environmental degradation, and the ensuing health impacts are of grave societal concern. The papers in this volume span a suite of climate change repercussions, paying particular attention to national security and human health aspects. It is an outcome of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop held during April 28-30, 2011 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. The contributions cut across the elements of modeling, natural, political and social sciences, engineering, politics, military intervention, urban planning, industrial activities, epidemiology and healthcare.

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National Security and Human Health Implications of Climate Change; M.D. King.- Islands in a Sea of Change: Climate Change, Health and Human Security in Small Island States; N. Lewis.-Issues of Climate Change, Health, and National Security in Expanding Cities Worldwide; J.C.R. Hunt, S.E. Belcher.- Climate Change, Tipping Elements and Security; K. Rasmussen, T. Birk.- Interactions of Global Climate Change and Urban Climate in Different Climate Regions; R. Bornstein et al.- ENSO Forcing of Climate Variability over the North Atlantic / European Region in Warmer Climate Conditions; I.H. Bulić, A. Mohorovičić .- Climate Variation or Climate Change? Evidence in favor in the Northern Adriatic Area, Croatia; A. Alebić-Juretić. Atmospheric Aerosol Climatology over the Globe: Emphasis on Dust Storms; Harry D. Kambezidis et al.- Climate Change and Adoption Strategies – A Report from the Republic of Serbia; Vesela Radovic.- Megacities: Urban Environment, Air Pollution, Climate Change and Human Health Interactions; A. Baklanov.- Climate Change Meets Urban Environment; H.J. Fernando.- Future Heat Waves Over Paris Metropolitan Area; A-L. Beaulant et al.- The Height of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer: State of the Art, New Development, and Problems Pertinent to Human HealthS.S. Zilintinkevich, A.M. Obukhov.- Influence of Meteorological Conditions on the Fine Particles (PM1.0) Levels in Urban Atmosphere; Z.B. Klaić.- Modelling of Heavy Metals: Study of Impacts due to Climate Change; A. Jeričević et al.- New Atmospheric Pollution Indicators and Tools to Support Policy for Environmental Sustainable Development; C. Mammarella et al.- Numerical and Experimental Simulations of Local Winds; Antonio Cenedese et al.- Wind Effects on Man-made Structures in the World of Changing Climate; H. Kozmar, Z.B. Klaić.- Remote Sensing and Public Health in a Changing Environment: The Rift Valley Fever Case; Y.M. Tourre et al.- The Effects of Heat Stress on Daily Mortality in Tel Aviv, Israel’; C. Peretz et al.- West Nile Virus Eruptions in Summer 2010 – What is the Possible Linkage with Climate Change? S. Paz.- Global Water Security: Engineering the Future; R.A. Falconer, M. R. Norton.- Experiences from Assessing Local Water Conflicts: Understanding the Links between Water, Marginalisation and Climate Change; L. Ruettinger.- Climate Change Impacts on River Catchment Hydrology Using Dynamic Downscaling of Global Climate Models; Ch. Skoulikaris, J. Ganoulis.- Implications of Climate Change for Marginal and Inland Seas; P.O. Zavialov et al.- Orographic Precipitation Simulated by a Super-High Resolution Global Climate Model over the Middle East; P. Alpert et al.- How Effective Could ‘Landscape Management’ Tool Address Mitigation of Cultural and Natural Threats on Coastal Wetlands System?; A. Kaplan.- Statistical Eco-indexes for Estimation of Changes in Ecological State of Natural Waters Due to Anthropogenic Impact and Climate Change, I. Kh. Bashmakova; A. Smirnov.- On Some Issues of the Anthropogenic Transformation of Water Ecosystems (Case Study of Lake Sevan); T. Vardanian.- Climate Change Effect on Egypt’s Water Supply; G. Elsaeed.- The Relative Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Jordan; I. Oroud.

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