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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Potential Climate Related Impacts to Respiratory Health

In this section, we will discuss respiratory health effects, which may be impacted by climate change, though the precise link to a climate related hazard is poorly understood or is indirect. For example, pneumonia is a common illness that affects approximately 450 million people per year and is a major cause of death in all parts of the world. It is rarely mentioned in the context of climate change,[48] but clear seasonal variation is noted suggesting climate related effects.