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Title: Heat-waves : risks and responses / by Christina Koppe ... [et al.]
Authors: Koppe, Christina
Sari Kovats, R
Menne, Bettina
Jendritzky, Gerd
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
European Commission. Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
Deutscher Wetterdienst
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe
Language: English
Russian
Korean
Abstract: High air temperatures can affect human health and lead to additional deaths even under current climatic conditions. Heatwaves occur infrequently in Europe and can significantly affect human health, as witnessed in summer 2003.This report reviews current knowledge about the effects of heat-waves, including the physiological aspects of heat illness and epidemiological studies on excess mortality, and makes recommendations for preventive action. Measures for reducing heat-related mortality and morbidity include heat health warning systems and appropriate urban planning and housing design. More heat health warnings systems need to be implemented in European countries. This requires good coordination between health and meteorological agencies and the development of appropriate targeted advice and intervention measures. More long-term planning is required to alter urban bioclimates and reduce urban heat islands in summer. Appropriate building design should keep indoor temperatures comfortable without using energy-intensive space cooling. As heat-waves are likely to increase in frequency because of global climate change, the most effective interventions, measures and policies to protect the health of vulnerable Europeans need to be developed and evaluated
Description: EUR/03/5036810
123 p.
Subject: Climate
Infrared Rays
Greenhouse Effect
Heat Stroke
Risk Assessment
Risk Management
Information Systems
Environmental Monitoring
City Planning
Context: prevention and control
metadata.dc.subject.other: Environment and Public Health
Gov't Doc #: EUR/03/5036810
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107552
Other Identifiers: 9289010940
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