Climate change and human health

Training course for public health professionals on protecting our health from climate change


Module 1: Introduction to climate and health

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Session 1: Climate change and health: Introduction and overview

Scope: Provides an introduction to global environmental change and the issues that will be covered in the course.

Authors: Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II.

Duration: 1,5 hours

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2007 IPCC reports: Summary Report, Pages 1 to 22 (see list of acronyms in Appendix 3)


Session 2: Weather, climate, climate variability and climate change

Scope: Define terms; Discusses climate change and how has it been determined that humans are influencing the climate; Shows some of the climatic changes that have occurred to date; Shows how climate change will affect the weather for decades to centuries.

Authors: Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II.

Duration: 1,5 hours

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2007 IPCC reports: Working Group II, Summary pages 7 to 22 and page 25.


Session 3: Overview of the health impacts of climate change

Scope: Reviews the major health impacts of climate change, including increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events alterations in the transmission dynamics of food-, water-, and vector borne diseases; and changes in the concentrations of air pollutants.

Authors: Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II.

Duration: 1,5 hours

Download this session and background materials:

2007 IPCC reports: G II, Session 8: Human health; WGII, p. 68 to 70.

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