WHO: Experts Develop Research Agenda on Climate and Human Health

8 October 2008: Climate change and human health experts

discussed health risks from climate change at a meeting in Madrid, Spain, from

6-8 October 2008, and agreed on a research agenda for the topic.

The research

plan was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) with input from

researchers in the field, and makes note of five priority research areas:

interactions of climate change with other health-related determinants and

trends; direct and indirect climate impacts on human health; effectiveness of

various strategies to contend with climate-related health impacts; health

implications of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies; and means to

enhance public health systems. [WHO

Press Release]