Environmental exposures in a changing climate

The health effects of global climate change are diverse. Novel approaches are needed to understand how a changing climate will expose people to greater health risks from pollutants, pathogens, and phenomena associated with climate change such as prolonged heat exposure. Such an understanding will be critical to reducing health impacts and to helping government agencies, industry and community organisations to put policies and practices in place to protect health.

These organisations are seeking answers to questions like:

  • How long should we tell people to stay indoors during bushfire events?
  • How do we reduce hospital waste and make health care more sustainable?
  • How should we manage waterways and recreational water bodies in long, hot summers when water quality issues are of growing concern?

As new policies and technologies arise to mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce further CO2 emissions, it will also be important to understand the health co-benefits of these technologies and policies to support investment and growth in these areas.

Our group is bringing together broad expertise across a wide range of disciplines including environmental health, systems dynamic modeling, risk communication, respiratory medicine, epidemiology, climate science, remote sensing, infectious diseases, and more to investigate:

  • heat and health, in particular, the impacts of prolonged heat on the health of people living in sub-tropical environments,
  • the health co-benefits of emissions reduction or reduced land clearing,
  • how climate change is impacting on pollens and air quality, and
  • the impact of climate change on transmission and amplification of infectious diseases and arboviruses.

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For more information about the Climate Change and Health TIRN, please contact:

Kate Gadenne
Research Development Manager
School of Public Health
e: k.gadenne@uq.edu.au