Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Climate Change and Public Health - Should We Be Bothered?

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Climate Change and Public Health - Should We Be Bothered?

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Welcome to a New Year and what a success the past twelve months have been for Perspectives in Public Health. The Journal is gaining in reputation and is now considered the foremost publication for public health practitioners. The overall circulation grew in 2008 by 543 institutions (+38%) and the total institutional circulation now stands at 1,975. In addition, there were more than 64,200 articles downloaded in the last year, a rise of 121% since 2006. However, the best news is that the impact factor has increased from 0.250 to 0.615 which is reflected in an improved ranking in the Public, Environmental and Occupational Health Thompson ISI category. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Editorial staff for all their hard work and commitment, and of course the contributors; it is a team effort and without everyone's support the journal would not be what it is today.

The focus of this issue is on ecological public health, a topical subject which is gaining recognition from researchers and those responsible for policy decisions. We are encouraged to be less of a 'throw away' society and increasingly more 'reusable', 'recycled' and 'planet aware'. We need to be cognisant of the fact that we are but travellers through life and we are only minding the planet for future generations. However, cynics would say that to 'bang the green drum' is inflammatory, statistics are skewed and based on biased evidence and it is not in my back yard anyway. Notwithstanding, there is no denying that there are extensive holes in the ozone layer resulting in an increased risk of skin cancer, climate change and with it a reduction in the yield of staple crops. The green message is not hype and should not be dismissed so lightly.

Extreme climate events are becoming more prevalent and as a result long term health consequences are evident especially in developing countries. …

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