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Climate change and public health policy: translating the science

Climate change and public health policy: translating the science
Climate change and public health policy: translating the science
Public health authorities are required to prepare for future threats and need predictions of the likely impact of climate change on public health risks. They may get overwhelmed by the volume of heterogeneous information in scientific articles and risk relying purely on the public opinion articles which focus mainly on global warming trends, and leave out many other relevant factors. In the current paper, we discuss various scientific approaches investigating climate change and its possible impact on public health and discuss their different roles and functions in unraveling the complexity of the subject. It is not our objective to review the available literature or to make predictions for certain diseases or countries, but rather to evaluate the applicability of scientific research articles on climate change to evidence-based public health decisions. In the context of mosquito borne diseases, we identify common pitfalls to watch out for when assessing scientific research on the impact of climate change on human health. We aim to provide guidance through the plethora of scientific papers and views on the impact of climate change on human health to those new to the subject, as well as to remind public health experts of its multifactorial and multidisciplinary character.
climate change, public health, scientific evidence, pitfalls, mosquito borne diseases
1660-4601
13-29
Braks, M.
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van Ginkel, R.
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Wint, W.
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Sedda, L.
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Sprong, H.
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Braks, M.
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van Ginkel, R.
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Wint, W.
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Sedda, L.
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Sprong, H.
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Braks, M., van Ginkel, R., Wint, W., Sedda, L. and Sprong, H. (2013) Climate change and public health policy: translating the science. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11 (1), 13-29. (doi:10.3390/ijerph110100013). (PMID:24452252)

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Abstract

Public health authorities are required to prepare for future threats and need predictions of the likely impact of climate change on public health risks. They may get overwhelmed by the volume of heterogeneous information in scientific articles and risk relying purely on the public opinion articles which focus mainly on global warming trends, and leave out many other relevant factors. In the current paper, we discuss various scientific approaches investigating climate change and its possible impact on public health and discuss their different roles and functions in unraveling the complexity of the subject. It is not our objective to review the available literature or to make predictions for certain diseases or countries, but rather to evaluate the applicability of scientific research articles on climate change to evidence-based public health decisions. In the context of mosquito borne diseases, we identify common pitfalls to watch out for when assessing scientific research on the impact of climate change on human health. We aim to provide guidance through the plethora of scientific papers and views on the impact of climate change on human health to those new to the subject, as well as to remind public health experts of its multifactorial and multidisciplinary character.

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Published date: 19 December 2013
Keywords: climate change, public health, scientific evidence, pitfalls, mosquito borne diseases
Organisations: Global Env Change & Earth Observation

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Local EPrints ID: 361773
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/361773
ISSN: 1660-4601
PURE UUID: 8d0f4720-b575-4d73-abba-17de28839767

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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2014 12:58
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 02:58

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Author: M. Braks
Author: R. van Ginkel
Author: W. Wint
Author: L. Sedda
Author: H. Sprong

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