2. Climate Science in Context

  1. Knut Schroeder1,2,
  2. Trevor Thompson2,3,
  3. Kathleen Frith4 and
  4. David Pencheon5

Published Online: 9 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch2

Sustainable Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

How to Cite

Schroeder, K., Thompson, T., Frith, K. and Pencheon, D. (2012) Climate Science in Context, in Sustainable Healthcare, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Concord Medical Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  3. 3

    Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  4. 4

    Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  5. 5

    NHS Sustainable Development Unit, East of England Strategic Health Authority, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656716

Online ISBN: 9781118342527



  • climate science in context;
  • climate change, being the biggest global health threat;
  • temperature changes, and the carbon dioxide link;
  • greenhouse effect, gases/aerosols on the human body;
  • effects of greenhouse gases;
  • human-generated climate change;
  • consequences of climate change, affecting populations;
  • reaching the ‘tipping point’ in climate science;
  • climate change on ecosystems and health;
  • understanding climate change/health issues, in mindset change


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dealing with crises

  • Making sense of environmental science

  • The impact of humans on the environment

  • Climate change denial

  • Effects of climate change on ecosystems and health

  • Summary of the evidence and call to action

  • Staying abreast with emerging evidence

  • Key points

  • References