Climate change, food, water and population health in China

Tong, Shilu, Berry, Helen L., Ebi, Kristie, Bambrick, Hilary, Hu, Wenbiao, Green, Donna, Hanna, Elizabeth, Wang, Zhiqiang and Butler, Colin D. (2016) Climate change, food, water and population health in China. Bulletin of The World Health Organization, 94 10: 759-765. doi:10.2471/BLT.15.167031


Author Tong, Shilu
Berry, Helen L.
Ebi, Kristie
Bambrick, Hilary
Hu, Wenbiao
Green, Donna
Hanna, Elizabeth
Wang, Zhiqiang
Butler, Colin D.
Title Climate change, food, water and population health in China
Journal name Bulletin of The World Health Organization   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0042-9686
1564-0604
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2471/BLT.15.167031
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 94
Issue 10
Start page 759
End page 765
Total pages 7
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publisher World Health Organization
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Anthropogenic climate change appears to be increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of extreme weather events. Such events have already had substantial impacts on socioeconomic development and population health. Climate change’s most profound impacts are likely to be on food, health systems and water. This paper explores how climate change will affect food, human health and water in China. Projections indicate that the overall effects of climate change, land conversion and reduced water availability could reduce Chinese food production substantially – although uncertainty is inevitable in such projections. Climate change will probably have substantial impacts on water resources – e.g. changes in rainfall patterns and increases in the frequencies of droughts and floods in some areas of China. Such impacts would undoubtedly threaten population health and well-being in many communities. In the short-term, population health in China is likely to be adversely affected by increases in air temperatures and pollution. In the medium to long term, however, the indirect impacts of climate change – e.g. changes in the availability of food, shelter and water, decreased mental health and well-being and changes in the distribution and seasonality of infectious diseases – are likely to grow in importance. The potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change can only be avoided if all countries work together towards a substantial reduction in the emission of so-called greenhouse gases and a substantial increase in the global population’s resilience to the risks of climate variability and change.
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