Global climate change : time to mainstream health risks and their prevention on the medical research and policy agenda

Tong, Shilu, Mackenzie, John S., Pitman, Andy, FitzGerald, Gerard, Nicholls, Neville, & Selvey, Linda (2008) Global climate change : time to mainstream health risks and their prevention on the medical research and policy agenda. Internal Medicine Journal, 38(6a), pp. 445-447.

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Climate change is unequivocal. The fourth assessment report of the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change has recently projected that global average surface temperature will increase by 1.1 to 6.4°C by 2100. Anthropogenic warming during the twenty-first century would be much greater than that observed in the twentieth century. Most of the warming observed over the last six decades is attributable to human activities. Climate change is already affecting, and will increasingly have profound effects on human health and well-being. Therefore, there is an urgent need for societies to take both pre-emptive and adaptive actions to protect human populations from adverse health consequences of climate change. It is time to mainstream health risks and their prevention in relation to the effects of climate change on the medical research and policy agenda.

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ID Code: 18668
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Climate change, Health risk, Research and policy agenda
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2008.01688.x
ISSN: 1444-0903
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 06 May 2009 04:19
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:21

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