Climate Change and Respiratory Health

Current Evidence and Knowledge Gaps

Tim K Takaro; Kim Knowlton; John R Balmes


Expert Rev Resp Med. 2013;7(4):349-361. 

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Known Climate Related Impacts to Respiratory Health

A substantial body of epidemiological research describes how rising atmospheric temperatures associated with climate change are linked to changing distributions of respiratory disease and mortality.[2,4,8,12] Extreme weather events in recent years have highlighted some of the significant health consequences of these events on respiratory health. Below, we highlight a few health outcomes with clear association to climate change related hazards. The listing is meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive.