Journal article

Impacts of tropical deforestation on local temperature and human wellbeing perceptions

Nicholas H Wolff, Yuta J Masuda, Erik Meijaard, Jessie A Wells, Edward T Game

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

The combined effects of changes in climate and land cover expose millions of people to an increased likelihood of heat illness. Impacts of heat stress on health have primarily been quantified for urban environments, particularly in developed countries. Far less is known in other settings, including the effects of ongoing tropical deforestation on local temperature and its consequences for people living in these rapidly changing landscapes. Here, we explore links between deforestation and self-reported human health and well-being in the tropical landscapes of Borneo. We use extensive social surveys from nearly 500 villages throughout Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) that asked whether forests w..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Directorate of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry for supporting our study, and the Association of Indonesian Primatologists (FORINA) for coordinating the interview studies. We are most grateful to our many respondents throughout Kalimantan for sharing their perceptions of their environment and well-being, and thank the Adopt-an-Acre program for funding the interview surveys. We thank Roy Vagelos for his support of NHW.