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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1996

NEWS...
CLIMATE—HEALTH REPORT


Item #d96aug57

A major report by the World Health Organization and other U.N. agencies, released at the Second Conference of Parties in July 1996, warns that global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion pose a serious threat to human health, and recommends precautionary policies to reduce the risk. (See Reports/General Interest and Policy, this Digest issue--Aug. 1996.) Topics discussed include heat stress, urban air pollution, vector-borne diseases, agricultural productivity and human nutrition, extreme weather events, sea level rise, and UV-B radiation. Implications for research and monitoring are summarized.

Sources (all 1996): Chem. Eng. News, p. 12, July 15; Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 631, July 10; Time, pp. 56-57, July 8; Science News, pp. 218-219, Apr. 6. New Scientist, p. 6, Jan. 20, discusses the impact of ocean warming on the transmission of cholera, based on a paper by Patz et al. (Global Climate Change Digest, Prof. Pubs./Impacts/Health and Society, July 1996). The April 29 and May 21 issues of World Climate Rep. (edited by Patrick Michaels for Western Fuels Assoc.) rebut many of the health threats of concern.

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