Global Climate Change and Public Health

  • Kent E. Pinkerton
  • William N. Rom

Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. William N. Rom, Kent E. Pinkerton
    Pages 1-20
  3. Will Steger, Nicole Rom
    Pages 51-70
  4. Rupa Basu
    Pages 71-83
  5. Patrick L. Kinney, Perry E. Sheffield, Kate R. Weinberger
    Pages 121-136
  6. Anthony M. Szema
    Pages 155-165
  7. Lauren Cromar, Kevin Cromar
    Pages 167-191
  8. William Pan, OraLee Branch, Benjamin Zaitchik
    Pages 193-210
  9. William J. Martin II, John W. Hollingsworth, Veerabhadran Ramanathan
    Pages 237-255
  10. Rajendra Prasad, Rajiv Garg
    Pages 257-271
  11. Maya Levine, John Balbus
    Pages 319-340
  12. Jeremy J. Hess, Gino Marinucci, Paul J. Schramm, Arie Manangan, George Luber
    Pages 341-360
  13. John R. Balmes
    Pages 383-391
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 393-406

About this book


Pulmonary physicians and scientists currently have minimal capacity to respond to climate change and its impacts on health. The extent to which climate change influences the prevalence and incidence of respiratory morbidity remains largely undefined. However, evidence is increasing that climate change does drive respiratory disease onset and exacerbation as a result of increased ambient and indoor air pollution, desertification, heat stress, wildfires, and the geographic and temporal spread of pollens, molds and infectious agents. Preliminary research has revealed climate change to have potentially direct and indirect adverse impacts on respiratory health. Published studies have linked climate change to increases in respiratory disease, including the following: changing pollen releases impacting asthma and allergic rhinitis, heat waves causing critical care-related diseases, climate driven air pollution increases, exacerbating asthma and COPD, desertification increasing particulate matter (PM) exposures, and climate related changes in food and water security impacting infectious respiratory disease through malnutrition (pneumonia, upper respiratory infections). High level ozone and ozone exposure has been linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, and acute lower respiratory infection.

Global Climate Change and Public Health is an important new volume based on the research, findings, and discussions of US and international experts on respiratory health and climate change. This volume addresses issues of major importance to respiratory health and fills a major gap in the current literature.

The ATS Climate Change and Respiratory Health Workshop was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 15, 2010. The purpose of the meeting was to address the threat to global respiratory health posed by climate change. The workshop was attended by domestic and international experts as well as representatives of international respiratory societies and key US federal agencies. Dr. Pinkerton and Dr. Rom, the editors of this title, were co-chairs of the Climate Change Workshop and Symposium.


Allergic rhinitis Asthma COPD Climate change Climate driven air pollution Fine particulate matter Global warming Heat stress Heat waves causing critical-care related diseases Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Infectious respiratory disease Lung cancer Malnutrition Ozone levels Pneumonia Pollen releases Repiratory disease Respiratory health Seasonal flu patterns Tuberculosis Upper respiratory infections

Editors and affiliations

  • Kent E. Pinkerton
    • 1
  • William N. Rom
    • 2
  1. 1.John Muir Institute of the Environment University of CaliforniaDept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine Center for Health & the EnvironmentDavisUSA
  2. 2.and Environmental Medicine New York University School of MedicineDiv. of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; Depts. of Medicine,New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8416-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8417-2
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