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PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Climate change and health

Update: the submission deadline for the Special Issue on Climate change and health has been extended to February 9th.

The editors of PLOS Medicine announce a forthcoming special issue devoted to the health impacts of climate change. Research submissions are now being invited.

Climate change and the impacts on health are being increasingly reported and documented. It is expected that with continued rises in global temperature and greenhouse gas emissions the effects on health will become more widely experienced and extreme.

The editors of PLOS Medicine, together with Guest Editors Jonathan Patz, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madeleine Thomson, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, are pleased to announce a Special issue on Climate Change and Health, to publish in Summer 2018. Alongside research articles, the special issue will include commissioned Perspectives by leaders in the field.

We invite high quality research submissions covering a broad range of policy relevant climate change-related health outcomes.

Key topics include:
• Health impacts from weather extremes and sea level rise, including physical and mental health harm, health infrastructure disruption, forced population migration, and occupational health risks to workers.
• Infectious disease risks from changing climate regimes, including studies on vector- and water-borne diseases and climate-sensitive infectious diseases.
• Non-communicable disease risks, for example from changes in air pollution and aeroallergens.
• Food System effects on human health in a changing climate, including direct impacts on yields, nutrient value or undernutrition; dietary changes to reduce water use and cut emissions; and indirect effects from pests and pathogens.
• Health benefit or risk assessment of greenhouse gas mitigation policies addressing clean electric power, sustainable food systems, and other policies that could have short-term health “co-benefits.”
• Health benefits or risk assessment of adaptation policies and practice, for instance increases in water management and creation of vector breeding sites, or nutritional costs of moving to drought tolerant crops.

Please submit your manuscript at: and ensure that you mention this call for papers in your cover letter. The deadline is February 9nd, 2018

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Feature image credit: U.S. Army National Guard photo by California National Guard, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Come hell or High Water by Akuppa John Wigham, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Malnutrition screening program by DFID – UK Department for International Development, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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