This excerpt has been prepared by Mareen E. Hofmann in the context of
the ADAM "Meta-analysis of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (CCIVA)
assessments in Europe". Please note that the corresponding study was not
itself a part of the ADAM project!
Beniston, M.: Climatic change: possible impacts on human health. Swiss Medical Weekly, 132: 332-337; 2002
You should take a look at this study if you are interested in:
economic sector: Health
environmental issue: Atmosphere; Climate; Water resources
region: Not specified explicitely in the abstract.
One sentence summary:
The paper reviews climate change and its direct and indirect impacts on human health and discusses possible response strategies to these impacts.
type of study: Impact projection; adaptation options assessment
1. Impacts of climate change on human health
• Direct impacts comprise changes in the hygrothermal stress response of humans, atmospheric pollution, water quality and availability. • Indirect impacts include the potential for the spread of vector-borne diseases outside their current range.
Proposed adaptation options:
• Adaptation options are discussed in the paper.
 "Countries in Europe currently experience mortality due to heat and cold (Beniston, 2002; Ballester et al., 2003; Crawford et al., 2003; Keatinge and Donaldson, 2004)."
quoted from IPCC AR4 II, p.557
Key future impacts and vulnerabilities Human health
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