Climate change and global health: A call to more research and more action

Ioana Agache, Vanitha Sampath, Juan Aguilera, Cezmi A. Akdis, Mubeccel Akdis, Michele Barry, Aude Bouagnon, Sharon Chinthrajah, William Collins, Coby Dulitzki, Barbara Erny, Jason Gomez, Anna Goshua, Marek Jutel, Kenneth W. Kizer, Olivia Kline, A. Desiree LaBeaud, Isabella Pali-Schöll, Kirsten P. Perrett, Rachel L. PetersMaria Pilar Plaza, Mary Prunicki, Todd Sack, Renee N. Salas, Sayantani B. Sindher, Susanne H. Sokolow, Cassandra Thiel, Erika Veidis, Brittany Delmoro Wray, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Christian Witt, Kari C. Nadeau

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There is increasing understanding, globally, that climate change and increased pollution will have a profound and mostly harmful effect on human health. This review brings together international experts to describe both the direct (such as heat waves) and indirect (such as vector-borne disease incidence) health impacts of climate change. These impacts vary depending on vulnerability (i.e., existing diseases) and the international, economic, political, and environmental context. This unique review also expands on these issues to address a third category of potential longer-term impacts on global health: famine, population dislocation, and environmental justice and education. This scholarly resource explores these issues fully, linking them to global health in urban and rural settings in developed and developing countries. The review finishes with a practical discussion of action that health professionals around the world in our field can yet take.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1407
Number of pages19
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


  • climate change
  • greenhouse gases
  • health
  • pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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