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Impacts of climate change on health
Climate change disturbs many of the parameters of terrestrial natural systems, leading to a number of risks for human health. The simultaneous modification of atmospheric composition and circulation may alter the frequency and intensity of acute episodes of air pollution. In addition, climate change will lead to an alteration in the frequency and nature of extreme events such as heat waves, with a direct effect on health. It is also likely to modify the ecology disease vectors.
Collaboration between researchers in the fields of health, climate and the environment should therefore be developed with the aim of studying the consequences of climate change on health. Emphasis will be placed on research relating to vulnerable populations (children, elderly and/or sick people, the disabled, etc) and on the study of physical, chemical and biological damage (including infectious and parasitic diseases) specifically caused by climate change.
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