The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in Cities: How are cities mitigating health impacts of climate change through planning and policy?
12:00 - 13:30
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
at FEEM Milan
h. 12.00 Seminar
Seminars Office, email@example.com
Sabrina Dekker, ICCG, CMCC, University College Dublin
Research on cities and climate change has primarily focused on the economic and social costs of climate change (Tol, 2009; Owen, 2009; Davoudi et al, 2009). There has been limited focus on the impact of climate change on human health at the level of the city. The World Health Organization (WHO) (2010) has been emphasizing the importance of urban health in relation to climate change. Thus the aim of this research project is to investigate: How are cities responding to threats on human health presented by climate change and is a focus on human health and well-being a viable solution for addressing climate change in cities? In order to assess how (and if) cities are addressing human health in relation to climate change, the proposed research methodology involves undertaking a content analysis of 20-30 city plans internationally. Based on the results of the content analysis, in depth case studies will be undertaken on 2-3 cities, to evaluate and assess policies undertaken by these cities to mitigate the impacts of climate change on health.
This seminar has been jointly organized by FEEM and ICCG (International Center for Climate Governance).