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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Feb;7(2):546-64. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7020546. Epub 2010 Feb 12.

Assessing the vulnerability of eco-environmental health to climate change.

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School of Public Health and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Qld. 4059, Australia. s.tong@qut.edu.au

Abstract

There is an urgent need to assess the vulnerability of eco-environmental health to climate change. This paper aims to provide an overview of current research, to identify knowledge gaps, and to propose future research needs in this challenging area. Evidence shows that climate change is affecting and will, in the future, have more (mostly adverse) impacts on ecosystems. Ecosystem degradation, particularly the decline of the life support systems, will undoubtedly affect human health and wellbeing. Therefore, it is important to develop a framework to assess the vulnerability of eco-environmental health to climate change, and to identify appropriate adaptation strategies to minimize the impact of climate change.

KEYWORDS:

climate change; eco-environmental health; impact; vulnerability

PMID:
20616990
PMCID:
PMC2872276
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph7020546
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