Extreme Weather Events and Human Health

International Case Studies

  • Rais Akhtar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew S. Goudie
      Pages 13-24
  3. Developed Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Donald Schweizer, Tom Nichols, Ricardo Cisneros, Kathleen Navarro, Trent Procter
      Pages 41-57
    3. Cosimo Palagiano
      Pages 79-88
    4. Olaniyi Olayinka, Muge Akpinar-Elci
      Pages 89-97
    5. Nicolas Borchers Arriagada, David M. J. S. Bowman, Andrew J. Palmer, Fay H. Johnston
      Pages 99-116
    6. Yun Fat Lam, Shimul Roy
      Pages 117-130
    7. Yasushi Honda, Daisuke Onozuka
      Pages 131-144
  4. Developing Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Michele Kekeh, Muge Akpinar-Elci, Michael J. Allen
      Pages 171-184
    3. Li-San Hung, Mei-Hui Li
      Pages 197-207
    4. Budi Haryanto, Fatma Lestari, Triarko Nurlambang
      Pages 227-245
    5. Nasrin Aghamohammadi, Logaraj Ramakreshnan, Chng Saun Fong, Nik Meriam Sulaiman
      Pages 247-263
    6. Christie Nicole Godsmark, James Irlam
      Pages 265-278
    7. Manpreet Singh, Mala Rao, Andy Bechingham
      Pages 279-291
    8. Júlia Alves Menezes, Rhavena Barbosa dos Santos, Felipe Vommaro, Ulisses Confalonieri, Martha Macêdo de Lima Barata, Carina Margonari
      Pages 293-314
    9. María E. Ibarrarán, Jerónimo Chavarría, Carmen Zúñiga
      Pages 315-332
    10. Hem H. Dholakia, Ishita Jalan, Amit Garg
      Pages 355-367
  5. Future Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Rais Akhtar
      Pages 371-376
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-382

About this book


This edited book assesses the impacts of various extreme weather events on human health and development from a global perspective, and includes several case studies in various geographical regions around the globe. 

Covering all continents, it describes the impact of extreme weather conditions such as flash floods, heatwaves, cold waves, droughts, forest fires, strong winds and storms in both developing and developed countries. The contributing authors also investigate the spread of diseases and the risk to food security caused by drought and flooding. 

Further, the book discusses the economic damage resulting from natural disasters including hurricanes. It has been estimated that in 2017 natural disasters and climate change resulted in economic losses of 309 billion US dollars. Scientists also predict that if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, in Europe the death toll due to weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of the 21st century, with extreme heat alone causing more than 150,000 deaths a year, as the report on global warming of 1.5°C warns that China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would steer the world above a catastrophic 5°C of warming by the end of 2100. As such, the book highlights how the wellbeing of different populations is threatened by extreme events now and in the foreseeable future.


Heat Waves Human Health Scenarios Weather Disasters Climate Change in Developing Countries Climate Change in Developed Countries Disaster Impact on Human Health Disease Outbreaks Drought and Floods

Editors and affiliations

  • Rais Akhtar
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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