Health and Climate Change: science calls for global action

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Climate changes affect social and environmental health determinants such as clean air, ecosystems health, safe drinking water and safe sufficient food. Globally, people at greatest risk of adverse health effects associated with climate change include children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. Temperature-related death and illness, extreme events, polluted or stressed ecosystems represent relevant issues raising concern for both health and economic consequences. The aim of the Symposium "Health and Climate Change" (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome 3-5 December 2018) was to promote an inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach to estimate and prevent climate change-related events as well as to call the authorities to put in place measures to reduce adverse health effects. At the end of the Symposium the Rome International Charter on Health and Climate Change was presented. It includes a series of actions and recommendations, discussed and shared by all the participants, intended to inform policy makers and all the stakeholders involved in the management of climate changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


  • climate change
  • Environmental policy
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Global health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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