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Revista médica de Chile

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PALMEIRO-SILVA, Yasna K. et al. The threat of climate change on population health and the urgent need to act. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.11, pp.1652-1658. ISSN 0034-9887.

Climate change is associated with negative health outcomes, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. This article analyses the threat of climate change on population health and the urgent need to implement measures to avoid this damage. Heat vulnerability, heatwave exposures, and wildfire exposure to forest fires have increased in Chile. In 2018, the annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exceeded the safe level proposed by the World Health Organization, increasing the risk of negative health outcomes. Thus, multidisciplinary and intersectoral mitigation and adaptation policies are needed. Among other elements, mental health impacts of climate change, health education provided by health workers to reduce negative health impacts of climate change, greater engagement of academia to generate evidence useful for policy-making processes and a better articulation between central and local governments should be considered. Finally, achieving a healthy population should be the aim of all these policies and efforts.

Keywords : Climate Change; Environment and Public Health; Population Health; Public Policy.

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