Biodiversity, physical health and climate change: a synthesis of recent evidence

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We are at a point of history marked by unprecedented changes in the environmental foundations of human health and wellbeing. At the same time, the demands from human populations have never been greater with profound differences in how we engage with the natural environment. By the middle of this century, when climate change impacts are further increasing, the United Nations expects the global population to be approaching 10 billion. In this chapter, we provide a synthesis of published evidence of the complex and important relationships between elements of biodiversity, health and climate change. We draw primarily on reviews conducted in the past five years supplemented with evidence on additional themes. We also develop a detailed case study example focused on urban climate, climate change and biodiversity, taken from the perspective of a large and representative conurbation. The case study uses a body of existing published evidence together with new data and insights to demonstrate important pathways, impacts and outcomes. We end by identifying a set of research questions and stress the need for even more extensive multi-disciplinary and multi-sector approaches. Nevertheless, despite the need for more knowledge, it is already clear that more effective action could, and should, be taken.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodiversity and Health in the face of Climate Change
EditorsMelissa Marselle , Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine Irvine , Aletta Bonn
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9783030023188
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019


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