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Health and Climate Change: Modelling the Impacts of Global Warming and Ozone Depletion
by Pim Martens, Foreword by Tony McMichael

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Publication Date: 1998
Publisher: Earthscan
Binding: Paperback
Topics: Climate Change, Human Health & Welfare, Nature, Population / Consumption, Toxics, Visioning the Future
Condition: Special Sale

Description: "This book provides a sturdy foundation for thinking about how best to tackle a varied spectrum of population health hazards posed by different aspects and combinations of global change processes... it also goes that extra mile by estimating the attributable population burdens of disease or mortality that are likely to result from these aspects of global change. It is heartening to see the results of this mathematical modelling being presented in policy-relevant terms." - From the Foreword by Tony McMichael

'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 ozone depletion; and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders caused by higher temperatures.

Current epidemiological research methods are not well adapted to analyzing 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.

Pim Martens is a researcher at Maastricht University. He has authored and co-authored several influential reports for, among others, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Review(s): "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 catalyze the important interdisciplinary and integrated approach that is the new paradigm now required for environmental and public health research." - Dr. Jonathan Patz, Johns Hopkins University



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