Climate Change and Disease Dynamics in India

The inception of this book took place around the time India's National Action Plan on Climate Change was launched, over three years ago. The Plan had several areas as missions to be accomplished in order to counter the challenges of global warming and associated risks. Human health, however, finds mention only as one of the other initiatives. It was felt that the sector was not viewed with the same seriousness as agriculture or water resources, say, and needed to be prioritized in relation to climate change.

The editors consulted several individuals; most of whom agreed that a first step should be a compendium or systematic compilation of the evidence related to climate change and disease dynamics in India so that the science could be communicated to a wider audience. Many of the individuals consulted agreed to be co-authors of the intended publication. It was felt that a comprehensive volume should be prepared that goes beyond disease outcomes, describing the fundamental aspects such as climate epidemiology, climate modelling and climatology in the Indian context along with applied aspects of policy relevance such as vulnerability and adaptation, resources and infrastructure as well as economic impacts.

Fundamentals Section

1. Global environmental change

2. Climate epidemiology

3. Climate change attributable burden of disease

4. Modelling for future health impacts

5. Indian climatology in the context of human health

Evidence Section: climate extreme outcomes

6. Thermal stress

7. Climate disasters

8. Sea level rise

Evidence Section: climate sensitive diseases

9. Malnutrition

10. Vector-borne diseases

11. Diarrheal disease

12. Respiratory diseases

13. Mental health

14. Emerging and re-emerging diseases

Applied Section

15. Geographic Information Systems

16. Resources and infrastructure

17. Lifestyle

18. Vulnerability and adaptation

19. Economics of scaling up

20. Health communication