Global Atmospheric Change and Public Health

Proceedings of a Conference Sponsored by Center for Environmental Information, Inc., 99 Court Street Rochester, New York 14604–1824

  • James C. White
  • William Wagner
  • Carole N. Beal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gordon J. MacDonald
    Pages 1-21
  3. Raymond A. Daynes
    Pages 23-31
  4. Suzanne Holmes Giannini
    Pages 33-45
  5. Robert E. Shope
    Pages 47-54
  6. Alexander Leaf
    Pages 55-60
  7. Hugh R. Taylor
    Pages 61-66
  8. Geoff Worton
    Pages 177-183
  9. James C. White, William Wagner, Carole N. Beal
    Pages 185-191
  10. Frederick W. Stoss
    Pages 193-215
  11. Michael P. Farrell, Paul Kanciruk, Frederick M. O’Hara Jr.
    Pages 217-234
  12. James C. White, William Wagner, Carole N. Beal
    Pages 235-259

About this book


The world is just beginning to face up to the problems which will be brought about by global climate change. Most people equate climate change with rising temperatures, disturbed weather patterns, agricultural crises, and sea level rises; yet potential health effects may be the most significant factors in the whole developing picture. Man's effect on climate accelerates as population increases. Population increases strain infrastructures and strained infrastructures lead to stresses on society. We already are experiencing higher ultraviolet B radiation through our depleted ozone layer and can expect more cancers, more cataracts, and diminishing immunity. Expected changing weather and storm patterns may result in disturbed and diminished agricultural production with malnutrition and famine on a grandiose scale; diseases would migrate and the number of displaced persons would increase greatly. This book consists of papers presented at a meeting on Global Atmospheric Change and Public Health, held in Washington, D.C., in December 1989. It was sponsored by the Air Resources Information Clearinghouse (ARIC), a project of the Center for En­ vironmental Information, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit organization in Rochester, New York, and co-sponsored by thirty-two U.S., Canadian and international organizations and agencies. The conference was the first to bring together in a public forum the health, scien­ tific, policy and information communities to address the issues. The book examines potential public health and health-related impacts on society, communicable diseases, cancer and cataract, immunity, heat effects, respiratory problems and human nutrition.


Public Health cancer climate climate change diseases environment health health effects infectious disease nutrition ozone temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • James C. White
    • 1
  • William Wagner
    • 2
  • Carole N. Beal
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Center for Environmental InformationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6683-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0443-9
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