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Climate change and health

Proceedings from the COP21 “Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet” 2015 event in Paris

Edited by Antoine Flahault, Anneliese Depoux and Corinne Kowalski

This collection of Public Health Reviews is dedicated to the topic of Climate Change and Health, which is a global challenge as climate change has become a worldwide threat to health. The COP21 in Paris in December 2015 marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. On this occasion, the Centre Virchow-Villermé was selected to organize a side event of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) dedicated to ˝Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet˝ with the aim to promote health as an important argument in the negotiations on climate change.

This initiative was directly supported by their parent organizations, the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and academic partners: the University of Geneva, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Heidelberg, with sponsorship by the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet.

COP21 assembled thousands of participants from around the world, with the common goal and passion for helping our policymakers to make the necessary and courageous decisions at this critical stage of climate negotiations for the sake of the planet and for global public health. The ˝Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet˝ event included a program with distinguished lecturers to highlight cutting-edge knowledge and experience in the field of planetary health, climate change and health related issues to engage. The purpose of this conference was to engage and discuss the next steps in an open arena and to debate on the content of research, anticipated in the coming months and years, including the work of young researchers committed to this domain.

The global effort required today will have an impact on many areas that interact with health. This collection assembled presentations developed to raise awareness in the public health community with the purpose of promoting the future of research and policy in this global challenge for planetary health. 

Publication charges for this collection were funded by the Centre Virchow-Villermé. Articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Handling Editor, who declares no competing interests.

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  1. Commentary

    Communicating climate change and health in the media

    The translation of science from research to real-world change is a central goal of public health. Communication has an essential role to play in provoking a response to climate change. It must first raise awar...

    Anneliese Depoux, Mathieu Hémono, Sophie Puig-Malet, Romain Pédron and Antoine Flahault

    Public Health Reviews 2017 38:7

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  2. Letter to the Editor

    The role of foundations: Rockefeller Foundation

    The consequences of climate change and the impacts of human activity on the environment have made it clearer than ever before that we must evolve our current model of public health to better account for the in...

    David Rockefeller Jr.

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:32

    Published on: 12 December 2016

  3. Commentary

    The implications of COP21 for our future climate

    Rising CO2 in the atmosphere is the main cause of anthropogenic climate change, and the data shows a clear increase in global temperature of about 1 °C since pre-industrial levels. Changes in climate extremes are...

    Corinne Le Quéré

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:29

    Published on: 5 December 2016

  4. Commentary

    Addressing planetary health challenges in Africa

    Drawing on the report of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health—Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch, this piece presents a discussion of the implications of the report...

    Alex Ezeh

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:27

    Published on: 29 November 2016

  5. Commentary

    Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network

    Future Earth is an international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth 2025 Vision identified eight key focal challenges, ...

    Paul Shrivastava, Kari Raivio, Fumiko Kasuga, Joshua Tewksbury, Andy Haines and Peter Daszak

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:25

    Published on: 16 November 2016

  6. Commentary

    How do sustainable diets fit into the climate agenda?

    Food production is a major driver of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and other environmental footprints, and dietary risk factors are contributors to non-communicable diseases. A growing body of evidence has sho...

    Lukasz Aleksandrowicz

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:23

    Published on: 11 November 2016

  7. Commentary

    Climate change and infectious diseases

    Global changes are major determinants for infectious diseases, although attributable, part of climate change remains debatable. Vector-borne diseases are prone to be impacted by global warming, although other ...

    Antoine Flahault, Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda and Isabelle Bolon

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:21

    Published on: 27 October 2016

  8. Commentary

    Adaptation and resilience

    Lessons learned, opportunities, and barriers to scaling up health adaptation were identified from evaluation reports and other materials from three multinational health adaptation projects covering 14 low- and...

    Kristie L. Ebi

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:17

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  9. Commentary

    NUTRItion and CLIMate (NUTRICLIM): investigating the relationship between climate variables and childhood malnutrition through agriculture, an exploratory study in Burkina Faso

    Malnutrition remains a leading cause of death in children in low- and middle-income countries; this will be aggravated by climate change. Annually, 6.9 million deaths of children under 5 were attributable dire...

    Raissa Sorgho, Jonas Franke, Seraphin Simboro, Revati Phalkey and Rainer Saeurborn

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:16

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  10. Letter to the Editor

    The role of funders: Wellcome Trust

    Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We are a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers take ...

    Sarah Molton

    Public Health Reviews 2016 37:8

    Published on: 24 August 2016