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Recent articles on the impact of climate change upon human health

Recent articles on the impact of climate change upon human health

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April 7, 2022

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This year’s World Health Day, a WHO campaign, focuses on the theme of “our planet, our health” to draw attention to ways in which the health of the planet affects human health and well-being.

Because a polluted planet causes greater incidence of diseases such as cancer, asthma and heart disease — with 13 million deaths worldwide each year attributable to avoidable environmental causes, according to WHO estimates — the organization called for global attention and urgent actions to address planetary health.

Smoke coming out of smokestacks
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Healio created this list to recognize World Health Day. It contains the most recent research about how climate change affects human and animal health.

WHO calls for action, as unhealthy air quality has an impact on 99% of the world’s population

The WHO announced that it had updated its air quality database in advance of World Health Day to include ground measurements of annual nitrogen dioxide concentrations and measurements of particulate matter with diameters greater than 10 m. Continue reading.

Climate change will impact allergy and asthma by making pollen seasons earlier and longer.

Study results show that rising temperatures will cause earlier and longer pollen season by the end of this century, impacting asthma and allergy outcomes. Continue reading.

Climate change blamed for recent rises in asthma and allergy prevalence

Marc E. Rothenberg

Recent increases in severity, frequency, and prevalence of allergy disorders and asthma may be due to climate change. Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD, director of the division of allergy and immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, wrote in an editorial published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Continue reading.

Climate change is threatening human health faster than anticipated, and is moving faster than expected.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the environmental and social impacts of climate change are moving faster than expected. Society is nearing limits on what it can adapt to. Continue reading.

Q&A: Allergists can take action to address the health impact of climate change

Joy Hsu

Healio spoke with Joy Hsu MD, MSc FAAAAI a medical officer with the Asthma and Community Health Branch of the CDC’s Division of Environmental Science and Practice at the National Center for Environmental Health, about a CDC report that outlines guidance and resources to help clinicians communicate with their patients to improve prevention and treatment strategies, mitigating the effects climate change may have on their health. Continue reading.

Switching to dry powder inhalers reduces carbon footprint and maintains asthma control

According to data published in, patients with asthma who switched from a metered dose inhaler to a dry powder inhaler reduced their inhaler carbon footprint by more that half. This was without affecting their asthma control. Thorax. Continue reading.

Globally, 16% of asthma cases are linked to air pollution

According to data published in, global pediatric asthma incidence was significantly affected by nitrogen dioxide pollution from combustion, especially in urban areas. The Lancet Planetary Health. Continue reading.

The timing of asthma seasons could be affected by air pollution

According to research published in PLOS One in South Carolina, the traditional dates for spring, summer and winter did not correlate with asthma season. Continue reading.

Ragweed pollen season worsens in Ukraine

Trends associated with global warming have made ragweed pollen seasons worse in Ukraine, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. Continue reading.

See Also
Climate Change: Scientists alarmed over ‘dangerously fast’ spike in atmospheric methane

Climate change directly or indirectly impacts allergy and asthma outcomes

According to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Climate change can have an impact on the severity and frequency of asthma and allergies, especially in vulnerable populations. Continue reading.

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