Climate change and health in the urban context: The experience of Barcelona

Joan R. Villalbí, Irma Ventayol

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Abstract

Climate change poses huge challenges for public health, and cities are at the forefront of this process. The purpose of this paper is to present the issues climate change poses for public health in the city of Barcelona, how they are being addressed, and what are the current major challenges, trying to contribute to the development of a baseline understanding of the status of adaptation in cities from a public health perspective. The major issues related to climate change faced by the city are common to other urban centers in a Mediterranean climate: heat waves, water availability and quality, air quality, and diseases transmitted by vectors, and all are reviewed in detail with empirical data. They are not a potential threat for the future, but have actually challenged the city services and infrastructure over the last years, requiring sustainable responses and rigorous planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-405
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Cities
  • Climate change
  • Evaluation
  • Public health

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Policy

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Climate change and health in the urban context : The experience of Barcelona. / Villalbí, Joan R.; Ventayol, Irma.

In: International Journal of Health Services, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2016, p. 389-405.

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Villalbí, Joan R. ; Ventayol, Irma. / Climate change and health in the urban context : The experience of Barcelona. In: International Journal of Health Services. 2016 ; Vol. 46, No. 3. pp. 389-405.
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