Turkish Thoracic Journal
Invited Review

Climate Change and Global Public Health


University of California, Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment, Center for Health and the Environment, Davis, CA, USA


Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA


Department of Medicine, (Respiratory Medicine Division) and School of Population and Public Health, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada


University of Oulu, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research and Oulu University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Respiratory Medicine Unit, Oulu, Finland


Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey


Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark


Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, St. George's University, St. George, Grenada and College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA


United States Environmental Protection Agency, Air Climate and Engery, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Turk Thorac J 2013; 14: 115-122
DOI: 10.5152/ttd.2013.54
Read: 363 Downloads: 66 Published: 18 July 2019


Climate change and global public health is a growing concern among the pulmonary care community. The Turkish Thoracic Society and the American Thoracic Society held special sessions during their 2013 annual conferences to discuss the impact of climate change on the environment and public health. These sessions are summarized in this review to illustrate the global consequences of climate change. Climate and its impact on air pollution and the relative incidence, timing and length of allergens in the atmosphere (pollen and allergen season) are presented. The influence of climate change on housing, indoor air quality and public health is discussed, along with how climate change is uniquely affecting low resource countries due to the process of desertification and its impact on water and food. The European and Caribbean perspectives of climate change on human vulnerability and adaption strategies are discussed, along with how federal and global policies might be implemented to mitigate the effects of climate change.

EISSN 2149-2530