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Water, global change and health: Research gaps, research priorities

Butler, Colin

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Research priorities to improve water-associated global health problems should be derived through a formula reflecting burden of disease and intervention cost-effectiveness. This is far from the case, due to global inequality and also because of institutional lags which mean most populations and policy makers conceptualise the world as a myriad of small groups, rather than one interlinked system. The paper then discusses links between global change, water and health, including aquifer depletion...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorButler, Colin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:15:40Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:15:40Z
dc.identifier.issn0393-9375
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/70504
dc.description.abstractResearch priorities to improve water-associated global health problems should be derived through a formula reflecting burden of disease and intervention cost-effectiveness. This is far from the case, due to global inequality and also because of institutional lags which mean most populations and policy makers conceptualise the world as a myriad of small groups, rather than one interlinked system. The paper then discusses links between global change, water and health, including aquifer depletion and contamination and climate change associated alterations to rainfall patterns. It calls for greater transparency of the fracking industry, and points out that the risk to water which fracking represents reflects the growing scarcity of fossil fuels. Finally, the paper recalls the "Limits to Growth" arguments, warning that civilization is on track to collapse, without massive changes.
dc.publisherAngelo Pontecorboli Editore (EDAP)
dc.sourceHuman Evolution
dc.subjectKeywords: Energy; Global environmental change; Global health; Inequality; Oil; Sustainability
dc.titleWater, global change and health: Research gaps, research priorities
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume27
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor111700 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB2332
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationButler, Colin, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1-3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage43
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage46
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:56:48Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84872303566
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