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Public Health In Developing Countries To Suffer Most From Climate Change

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June 19, 2007
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Climate change is an emerging threat to global public health. It is also highly inequitable, as the greatest risks are to the poorest populations, who have contributed least to greenhouse gas emissions. An article, Climate Change and Developing-Country Cities, focuses on the implications for environmental health and equity.

Climate change is an emerging threat to global public health. It is also highly inequitable, as the greatest risks are to the poorest populations, who have contributed least to greenhouse gas emissions. The rapid economic development and the concurrent urbanization of poorer countries mean that developing-country cities will be both vulnerable to health hazards from climate change and, simultaneously, an increasing contributor to the problem.

Climate Change and Developing-Country Cities, one of the articles in the current supplement to Springer’s Journal of Urban Health focuses on the implications for environmental health and equity. It reviews the specific health vulnerabilities of urban populations in developing countries and highlights the range of large direct health effects of energy policies that are concentrated in urban areas.

“Achieving health equity in the urban setting requires action toward fairness and equity within and between countries. Engaging the people themselves, urban communities and multiple sectors in the urban development process is a must,” explains Tord Kjellstrom, coauthor of the supplement’s introduction. This supplement is a key means of sustaining momentum for action and research on social determinants of health in urban settings.

Reference: Supplement to Journal of Urban Health, Achieving Health Equity in Urban Settings, Vol 84 (Supplement 1) May 2007, p i1-i174.


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