Climate change and health in Israel: Adaptation policies for extreme weather events

Manfred S. Green, Noemie G. Pri-or, Guedi Capeluto, Yoram Epstein, Shlomit Paz

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Abstract

Climatic changes have increased the world-wide frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves, cold spells, floods, storms and droughts. These extreme events potentially affect the health status of millions of people, increasing disease and death. Since mitigation of climate change is a long and complex process, emphasis has recently been placed on the measures required for adaptation. Although the principles underlying these measures are universal, preparedness plans and policies need to be tailored to local conditions. In this paper, we conducted a review of the literature on the possible health consequences of extreme weather events in Israel, where the conditions are characteristic of the Mediterranean region. Strong evidence indicates that the frequency and duration of several types of extreme weather events are increasing in the Mediterranean Basin, including Israel. We examined the public health policy implications for adaptation to climate change in the region, and proposed public health adaptation policy options. Preparedness for the public health impact of increased extreme weather events is still relatively limited and clear public health policies are urgently needed. These include improved early warning and monitoring systems, preparedness of the health system, educational programs and the living environment. Regional collaboration should be a priority.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Jul 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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