Climate Change and Global Health Revised Edition

Edited by Colin D. Butler
August 2016
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    2nd August 2016
  • ISBN 9781780648583
  • Language English
  • Pages 342 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
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There is increasing understanding, globally, that climate change will have profound and mostly harmful effects on human health. This authoritative book brings together international experts to describe both direct (such as heat waves) and indirect (such as vector-borne disease incidence) impacts of climate change, set in a broad, international, economic, political and environmental context. This unique book also expands on these issues to address a third category of potential longer-term impacts on global health: famine, population dislocation, and conflict. This lively yet scholarly resource explores these issues fully, linking them to health in urban and rural settings in developed and developing countries. The book finishes with a practical discussion of action that health professionals can yet take. Now with added chapter updating key changes affecting climate change and health through 2015, culminating with UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon's comment "What was once unthinkable is now unstoppable." Climate change, now clearly worsening, is triggering a powerful social and technological response. Will this response be sufficient to avert its potentially catastrophic "tertiary" health effects?

a: Contributors
b: Acronyms
c: Acknowledgements
d: Dedication - Colin D. Butler
e: Foreword - Sir Andy Haines
Part I: Introduction
1: The Anthropocene: A Planet Under Pressure
2: Climate Change and Global Health
Part II: Primary Effects
3: Heat-related and Cold-related Mortality and Morbidity
4: Occupational Heat Effects: A Global Health and Economic Threat Due to Climate Change
5: Measuring and Estimating Occupational Heat Exposure and Effects in Relation to Climate Change: ‘Hothaps’ Tools for Impact Assessments and Prevention Approaches
6: Climate Extremes, Disasters and Health
Part III: Secondary Effects
7: Global Warming and Malaria in Tropical Highlands – An Estimation of Ethiopia’s ‘Unmitigated’ Annual Malaria Burden in the 21st Century
8: Dengue: Distribution and Transmission Dynamics with Climate Change
9: Lyme Disease and Climate Change
10: Climate Change and Human Parasitic Disease
11: Impacts of Climate Change on Allergens and Allergic Diseases: Knowledge and Highlights from Two Decades of Research
12: Wildfires, Air Pollution, Climate Change and Health
Part IV: Tertiary Effects
13: Famine, Hunger, Society and Climate Change
14: Moving to a Better Life? Climate, Migration and Population Health
15: Unholy Trinity: Climate Change, Conflict and Ill Health
Part V: Regional Issues
16: Climate Change and Health in East Asia: A Food in Health Security Perspective
17: Climate Change and Health in South Asian Countries
18: Climate Change and Global Health: A Latin American Perspective
19: S mall Island States – Canaries in the Coal Mine of Climate Change and Health
20: Climate Change Adaptation to Infectious Diseases in Europe
21: Climate Change and Health in the Arctic
22: Climate Change and Health in Africa
23: Zoonotic Diseases and Their Drivers in Africa
Part VI: Cross-Cutting Issues
24: Climate Change, Food and Energy: Politics and Co-benefits
25: Death of a Mwana: Biomass Fuels, Poverty, Gender and Climate Change
26: Mental Health, Cognition and the Challenge of Climate Change
27: Climate Change, Housing and Public Health
28: Health in New Socio-economic Pathways for Climate Change Research
Part VII: Transformation
29: Health Activism and the Challenge of Climate Change
30: Climate Change and Health: From Adaptation Towards a Solution
31: From Paris towards 1.5 degrees C (Paperback Edition Only)
32: Index

Colin D. Butler

Colin D. Butler has published about 160 articles and chapters. He contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a contributing author to the 2014 report, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (as a coordinating lead author for the conceptual framework and scenarios working groups), the Global Environmental Outlook VI (United Nations Environment Program) and the Global Energy Assessment. His first scientific article (a letter in the Medical Journal of Australia, 1991) concerned climate change, ecological change and the potential for large-scale disruption to society. His PhD ("Inequality and Sustainability") focused on these and related topics as did his four year Future Fellowship (2011-2015) funded by the Australian Research Council. He has given over 80 invited lectures in countries outside Australia and published widely on population growth, development, poverty and conflict.