Journal article

Climate Change, Noncommunicable Diseases, and Development: The Relationships and Common Policy Opportunities

S Friel, K Bowen, D Campbell-Lendrum, H Frumkin, AJ McMichael, K Rasanathan, JE Fielding (ed.), RC Brownson (ed.), LW Green (ed.)

ANNUAL REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH, VOL 32 | ANNUAL REVIEWS | Published : 2011

Abstract

The rapid growth in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including injury and poor mental health, in low- and middle-income countries and the widening social gradients in NCDs within most countries worldwide pose major challenges to health and social systems and to development more generally. As Earth's surface temperature rises, a consequence of human-induced climate change, incidences of severe heat waves, droughts, storms, and floods will increase and become more severe. These changes will bring heightened risks to human survival and will likely exacerbate the incidence of some NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, respiratory health, mental disorders, injuries, and malnutriti..

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