17 July 2020
Climate Change: Causes, Health Impacts and Responses
Climate change poses serious challenges for humans around the world. Global warming is perceived as one of the biggest global health risks of the twentieth century which could have a range of effects on human health. Global warming is thought to have an impact on vector-borne disease, water-related disease, heat- and cold- related deaths, allergies, air pollution and malnutrition. The projected increases in extreme climate events such as floods, droughts, and possible intense tropical cyclones could also have wide ranging direct and indirect effects on health. Although the effect of climate change will be experienced worldwide, its impact will not be evenly distributed among people. In low income countries, climate change is believed to further exacerbate existing vulnerability to disease and food security risks, as their populations are, for instance, more reliant on agriculture, more vulnerable to droughts and have a lower adaptive capacity. As climate change can be seen as an amplifier of existing and emerging health risk, it might increase health inequalities and is likely to widen the health gap between rich and poor.
This is an interdisciplinary course, so students from all Faculties can join. However, knowledge on systems science and sustainability science is recommended
• To explore historic, current and future changes in our climate system.
• To review the uncertainties underlying (the modeling of) future climate change
• To examine some key impacts (human health, biodiversity loss) of climate change on human societies and natural systems.
• To explore climate mitigation and climate adaptation strategies (incl. Paris Agreement).
EUR 398: €398 per programme