Interdisciplinary Expert Centre for Climate Change and Health (IECCCH)

Human-induced climate change is considered proven. Climate change and human health are closely linked. Current changes in climate conditions are expected to affect human health worldwide in a variety of ways, such as :

  • by an increasing thermal load in the summer months 
  • by a change in the occurrence of pollen in terms of duration of the pollen seasons and allergenicity, 
  • mental health problems associated with extreme weather events. 

Climate change may also have other complex effects. For example, climate change is altering conditions for zoonotic disease pathogens and vectors (Leal Filho et al 2022). Signs of this include the increasing spread of West Nile and Usutu viruses and the establishment of new vector species, such as certain mosquito and tick species, in Europe and other parts of the world. These changes bring new challenges to maintaining the health of humans, as well as animals. 

The link between climate change and health also places a burden on the health systems of developing countries (Leal Filho et al 2016), particularly in regions such as Africa. Across the African continent, public health systems are under severe pressure, in part due to weak socioeconomic conditions (Opoku, Leal Filho, Hubert, Adejumo, 2021). Climate change-related issues also pose a challenge to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 3 (health and well-being) (Leal Filho et al 2020).

There are many scientists working on the topic of climate change and health, but there are only a few research centres that systematically address the topic The knowledge gap can be a problem as we may not be prepared for future events. Therefore, there is a need for a research structure dedicated to the study of climatic, medical, and epidemiological aspects - including zoonoses and tropical diseases - related to climate change in order to generate an increase in the knowledge of the consequences of climatic changes for health, that may serve to develop policies and support appropriate adaptation measures. It is against this background, that the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change and Health has been founded.

 

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Goals of the Interdisciplinary Expert Centre for Climate Change and Health (IECCCH)

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Key areas

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Partners

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Governance

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Political support

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Work plan 2022-2027

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Key Performance Indicators 2022-2027

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Contact

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Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and Health 
Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DTech, DEd, DLitt)
Chair of Climate Change Management and Health
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences 
Department of Health Sciences
Ulmenliet 20, 21033 Hamburg
Germany
info (@) iccip.net