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By B. Menne, F. Apfel, S. Kovats, F. Racioppi

This ebook intends to stimulate debate and aid an lively reaction by way of delivering updated details at the wellbeing and fitness results of weather swap, in addition to useful suggestions on particular activities that decision-makers at varied degrees in health and wellbeing and different sectors can take now.

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In a single day, a European city of 1 million inhabitants uses an estimated 320 000 tonnes of water, 11 500 tonnes of fossil fuels and 2000 tonnes of food. It also produces 300 000 tonnes of wastewater, 25 000 tonnes of CO2 and 1600 tonnes of solid waste (57). Some of the first negative effects of heat-waves associated with climate change appeared in cities, including the deaths of more than 70 000 extra people in European cities in summer 2003 (12). The heat-island effect may contribute to the greater vulnerability of city dwellers.

Box 8. A proactive approach – what GPs should know and do before and during a heat-wave (59) • • • • Understand the thermoregulatory and haemodynamic responses to excessive heat exposure. Understand the mechanisms, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of heat illnesses. Be aware of the risk and protective factors in illnesses associated with heat-waves. Identify patients at risk for heat illness and educate them on heat illnesses and their prevention, as well as educating caregivers of the elderly, the infirm and the very young.

Health-system leaders can use their knowledge and authority to inform and influence action in key national and international processes that guide policy and allocate resources for work on climate change, for instance in preparing national communications, national action programmes on adaptation and international agreements. Reducing GHG emissions (mitigation) can have direct and immediate health, environmental and economic benefits. Employing cleaner fuels and shifting to more active transport (walking and cycling), for example, will lower carbon emissions, increase physical activity, reduce traffic-related casualties and result in less air pollution and noise.

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