Climate change, its impact on health in the Arctic and the public health response to threats of emerging infectious diseases

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Parkinson, Alan J. ; Evengård, Birgitta (2009)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: Global Health Action (issn: 1654-9880, vol: 2)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/gha.v2i0.2075, pmc: PMC2799221
  • Subject: global health | climate change, infectious diseases, population health, arctic helath | Climate change and infectious diseases | RA639

The Arctic has warmed substantially over the last few decades. A recent study shows that temperatures over the last century increased almost three times faster in the Arctic than elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, reversing a 2000-year cooling trend, and outpacing current climate model predictions. This rapid warming trend is anticipated to continue into the next century with temperature increases exceeding those predicted in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere and will result in accelerated loss of land and sea ice, and an increased rate of sea level rise, with global consequences. These changes are already impacting local communities, which have observed profound changes in their local environments, and are leading to significant economic and cultural upheaval particularly for the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Because climate change is more advanced in the Arctic than other regions of the world, the Arctic can play a vital role in preparing the world for what is to come. (Published: 11 November 2009) Global Health Action 2009. DOI: 10.3402/gha.v2i0.2075
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