Health & climate change

Addressing climate change will have numerous health benefits for our society. For example, reducing pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels reduces respiratory ailments and preventing our climate from warming further will help limit the impacts of heat stress. Forgoing cars and using active transport (walking and cycling) helps reduce obesity, diabetes and a range of cardiovascular diseases. Major areas of interest and on-going research themes in this field include:

  • population health risks due to climate change in Australia and elsewhere
  • empirical studies of climate variation and health outcomes
  • weather extremes such as flooding and drought and its impact on the spread of waterborne diseases
  • modelling future health risks
  • developing, evaluating adaptive strategies to lessen health risks
  • ecological-epidemiological studies of infectious diseases in relation to climate and environment
  • estimations of attributable burdens of disease
  • health effects of UVR exposure (adverse and beneficial)
  • environmental effects on health (esp. immune function)
  • climate interaction with airborne particles and public health
  • climate variability and health, especially among children and vulnerable groups.