Environment and health

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Brownett, T. and Cairns, J. 2021. Environment and health. in: Robinson, S. (ed.) Priorities for Health Promotion and Public Health: Explaining the Evidence for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Abingdon Routledge. pp. 34-58
AuthorsBrownett, T. and Cairns, J.
EditorsRobinson, S.
Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the impact of the physical environment on people’s health. Climate change and changes in weather patterns are affecting people’s health due to environmental warming, poor air quality and emissions, ultraviolet radiation, flooding, drought, freezing weather, allergens, vector-borne diseases, conflict and displacement. The chapter examines the four priorities of air pollution, the built environment, housing and housing stock with reference to a range of public health concerns such as transport fuel, urban heat islands, obesogenic environments, lead, damp, carbon monoxide, radon gas, cold homes, safety, homelessness, changing accommodation, town planning and location. The chapter outlines how to tackle each of these four environmental priorities. It concludes by describing a healthy environment with reference to environmental stewardship, sustainability and the UN sustainable development goals.

KeywordsClimate change; Built environment; Obesogenic environment; Urban heat islands
Page range34-58
Year2021
Book titlePriorities for Health Promotion and Public Health: Explaining the Evidence for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
PublisherRoutledge
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationAbingdon
SeriesCanterbury Series
ISBN9780367823689
Publication dates
Print31 Mar 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jan 2024
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367823689
Official URLhttps://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9780367823689/priorities-health-promotion-public-health-sally-robinson?refId=bdb9937d-15fc-4d7a-bf7b-010f83a76ab2&context=ubx
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