Special Issue "Climate Driven Health Impacts"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jacques Oosthuizen
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Guest Editor
School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
Interests: climate related health impacts; occupational respiratory disease
Dr. Neil J. Hime
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Guest Editor
The Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney Medical School, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: environmental health; air pollution and health
Prof. Dr. Peng Bi
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 5005 South Australia, Australia
Interests: climate change and population health; adaptation; vulnerability; infectious disease; disaster response; public health policy and health services
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Dr. Andrew Mathieson
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Guest Editor
College of Health & Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia
Interests: environmental health in the widest interpretation; health systems - monitoring and evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world’s climate is changing. The increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events make news headlines around the globe and every year new records are set for weather related measures such as temperature and precipitation. While changes in long-term climatic averages have more subtle impacts on health, extreme environmental events such as flooding caused by glacial melting or intense rainfall, wildfires as a consequence of drought and intense heat, and dust storms caused by high winds over land denuded by improper use and drought, are bringing the health impacts of climate sharply into focus. Even events like the COVID-19 pandemic can have a climate component as changes to the climate bring wildlife in closer proximity to humans.

Media coverage of local, regional and global environmental incidents has raised awareness of the public to the impact of climate on human health and this in turn has galvanised a political response to climate change. Climate action is now seen by many as an important election issue. This raised awareness and increased level of concern about climate change presents an opportunity to lobby for more research to better understand the relationship between climate and health with a particular focus on strategies and programs to protect health. Some of the research themes that need further exploration are centred around:

  • heat adaptation strategies of vulnerable populations, particularly in the developing world and tropical regions.
  • heat induced diseases among certain occupational groups such as outdoor workers in tropical regions.
  • acclimatisation strategies.
  • changes in mosquito and other disease vector distribution.
  • air quality impacts
  • climate and zoonotic disease. 

Prof. Dr. Jacques Oosthuizen
Dr. Neil J. Hime
Prof. Dr. Peng Bi
Dr. Andrew Mathieson
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • health impacts
  • disease

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Climate Change, Health Risks, and Vulnerabilities in Burkina Faso: A Qualitative Study on the Perceptions of National Policymakers
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4972; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094972 - 07 May 2021
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Climate change (CC) constitutes one of the greatest threats to human health, and requires political awareness for effective and efficient adaptation planning. This study identified the perceptions of climate change and health adaptation (CC&H) among relevant stakeholders, decision-makers, and policymakers (SDPs) in Burkina [...] Read more.
Climate change (CC) constitutes one of the greatest threats to human health, and requires political awareness for effective and efficient adaptation planning. This study identified the perceptions of climate change and health adaptation (CC&H) among relevant stakeholders, decision-makers, and policymakers (SDPs) in Burkina Faso (BF) by determining their perceptions of CC, of related health risks and vulnerabilities, and of CC impacts on agriculture and food security. We carried out 35 semi-structured, qualitative in-depth interviews with SDPs, representing national governmental institutions, international organizations, and civil society organizations. The interviews were analyzed using content analysis. SDPs shared similar perceptions of CC and concurred with three ideas (1) CC is a real and lived experience in BF; (2) the population is aware of climatic changes in their environment; (3) CC is intertwined with the agricultural and economic development of the country. SDPs identified biodiversity loss, floods, droughts, and extreme heat as posing the highest risk to health. They elaborated five exposure pathways that are and will be affected by CC: water quality and quantity, heat stress, food supply and safety, vector borne diseases, and air quality. In conclusion, SDPs in Burkina Faso are highly aware of CC hazards, relevant health exposure pathways, and their corresponding health outcomes. Mental health and the interplay between social factors and complex health risks constitute perception gaps. SDPs perceived CC&H risks and vulnerabilities align with current evidence. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Driven Health Impacts)
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