Climate Change and Health Response

Published 29 July, 2019

Climate change poses a critical challenge to our health and wellbeing. The health impacts of climate change range from direct to indirect effects, such as extra deaths due to heatwaves, increases in the transmission of climate-sensitive infectious diseases, health infrastructure disruption and occupational health risks to workers. The most vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, the poor, and those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk from climate change.

Health response can be taken to lessen climate change (mitigation) and reduce its impacts on our health and the health of future generations (adaptation). Although mitigation endeavors to avoid the unmanageable, adaptation endeavors to manage the unavoidable. The health response to climate change is therefore considered as any short- or long-term strategies that can reduce adverse health effects or enhance resilience in response to observed or expected changes in climate and associated weather extremes.

This special issue on Climate Change and Human Response aims to highlight recent advances in the field and provide a forum for informing policies to manage the challenges ahead. We therefore invite high quality research submissions covering some key topics.

The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Empirical data-based studies to inform policymakers about the broad range of health effects due to climate change at the international, national and local levels, and identification of vulnerable populations and life stages.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of adaptation strategies aiming to protect health from climate-related hazards, such as national climate action plans or municipal heat-health early warning systems.
  • Health implications of climate change mitigation, such as the benefits of reduced air pollution from transitioning to renewable energy sources, or potential effects of active transport on health via enhanced physical activity.
  • Further understanding of regional exposure-response relationships for climate change related health risks, especially the timing and thresholds for climate-sensitive health outcomes.
  • Methodological challenges or novel analytical tools for climate change and health research, such as innovative modelling approaches or data base linkages.
  • Sharing global to local experiences in managing the health risks of climate change and extreme events.
  • Accelerating the implementation of Future Earth global research projects and building the community of a shared future and better health.

Submission Deadline

Deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 January 2020.

Guest Editors

  • Prof. Cunrui Huang, School of Public Health at Sun Yat-sen University in China
  • Prof. Raghu Murtugudde, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland in USA
  • Prof. Ho Kim, School of Public Health at Seoul National University in Korea
  • Prof. Bin Jalaludin, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Australia

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except for conference proceedings). A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page at

Ensure that you mention this Special Issue call for papers in your cover letter. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts will be published continuously online immediately on acceptance. All accepted manuscripts will be listed together on the Special Issue website.

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