Atlas of health and climate

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched the Health and Climate Atlas yesterday.

The Atlas features a section and case studies devoted to climate-related health emergencies. The launch coincides with the WMO Extraordinary Congress on the Global Framework for Climate Services which aims “to enable better management of the risks of climate variability and change … through the development and incorporation of science-based climate information and prediction into planning, policy and practice on the global, regional and national scale.”

In the first phase, four sectors have been identified as priorities for the implementation of the GFCS, namely health, disaster risk reduction, water, and agriculture and food security. A draft health plan (or exemplar) proposes specific activities that link health sector priorities to the Pillars of the overall Framework.
All of these issue, including the governance mechanism for the GFCS, are under consideration at the Extraordinary Congress this week.

Publication details

Number of pages: 68

Publication date: 2012

Languages: English

ISBN: 978 92 4 156452 6

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Overview

The Atlas of health and climate is a product of this unique collaboration between the meteorological and
public health communities. It provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and
climate and major health challenges. These range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme
weather events and disease outbreaks. They also include environmental degradation, the increasing prevalence
of noncommunicable diseases and the universal trend of demographic ageing.

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For more information on the Atlas, please refer to the message below and to http://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/atlas/report/en/index.html

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