Scientists report on how climate change is linked to health

To be fair, I should alert you to the fact that I am noting here a few scientific papers published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

PLoS is part of a trend toward free and open publication of scientific research, so it’s worth you knowing about PLoS in its own right. These papers specifically focus on the very intimate and important connections between climate change and public health, which we also all need to recognize.

Climate change isn’t just about temperatures, water and storms. It affects our health.

Now, there are a few nerdy statements in these articles, such as: “Human beings live in a biosphere in which the transient forces we know as “weather” considerably influence lifestyle and behaviour.”

But on the whole, these are two papers worth a read.

Why we need to view climate change as a public health problem

The link between climate change, health and ethics

Here’s an illustration that, uh, doesn’t really help much … but I guess makes the general point. And it’s colorful:




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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.

  • Andrew Harmer

    Tom,These are great articles. With PLoS, while open access means ‘open’ to the readers, there’s a cost for authors wanting to publish with their journals. PLoS Biology US$2900PLoS Medicine US$2900PLoS Computational Biology US$2250PLoS Genetics US$2250PLoS Pathogens US$2250PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases US$2250PLoS ONE US$1350The journal does, however, “offer a complete or partial fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees”. I would be interested to know how many authors per year apply, and are successful in their application, for a waiver.