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Climate Change and Health under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway Framework

Citation

Sellers, Samuel & Ebi, Kristie L. (2017). Climate Change and Health under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(1), 3. PMCID: PMC5800104

Abstract

A growing body of literature addresses how climate change is likely to have substantial and generally adverse effects on population health and health systems around the world. These effects are likely to vary within and between countries and, importantly, will vary depending on different socioeconomic development patterns. Transitioning to a more resilient and sustainable world to prepare for and manage the effects of climate change is likely to result in better health outcomes. Sustained fossil fuel development will likely result in continued high burdens of preventable conditions, such as undernutrition, malaria, and diarrheal diseases. Using a new set of socioeconomic development trajectories, the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), along with the World Health Organization's Operational Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems, we extend existing storylines to illustrate how various aspects of health systems are likely to be affected under each SSP. We also discuss the implications of our findings on how the burden of mortality and the achievement of health-related Sustainable Development Goal targets are likely to vary under different SSPs.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010003

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Author(s)

Sellers, Samuel
Ebi, Kristie L.

PMCID

PMC5800104