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Heat AdvisoryProtecting Health on a Warming Planet$
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Alan H. Lockwood, M.D.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034876

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034876.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Heat Advisory

Alan H. Lockwood

The MIT Press

Health, a state of complete physical, mental, social well-being and freedom from disease, depends on the ecosystems in which we live. For example, climate change results in increased temperatures that lead to heat illnesses, drought, crop failure, undernutrition, the spread of disease etc. To focus on the maintenance of ecosystems and health the UN published Sustainable Development Goals, while health professionals have enumerated causes of death and health risk factors susceptible to a changing climate. To mitigate climate change, and hence risk factors for disease, we must adapt to climate change. This requires political will, stakeholder involvement, education, research, and adequate funds.

Keywords:   Health, Ecosystems, Sustainable Development Goals, Disease burden, Disease risk factors

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