Climate change and respiratory disease: European Respiratory Society position statement

Jon Ayres, B. Forsberg, I. Annesi-Maesano, R. Dey, K. L. Ebi, Peter Joseph Benedict Helms, M. Medina-Ramon, M. Windt, F. Forastiere, Environment and Health Committee: European Respiratory Society

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Climate change will affect individuals with pre-existing respiratory disease, but the extent of the effect remains unclear.

The present position statement was developed on behalf of the European Respiratory Society in order to identify areas of concern arising from climate change for individuals with respiratory disease, healthcare workers in the respiratory sector and policy makers. The statement was developed following a 2-day workshop held in Leuven (Belgium) in March 2008.

Key areas of concern for the respiratory community arising from climate change are discussed and recommendations made to address gaps in knowledge. The most important recommendation was the development of more accurate predictive models for predicting the impact of climate change on respiratory health.

Respiratory healthcare workers also have an advocatory role in persuading governments and the European Union to maintain awareness and appropriate actions with respect to climate change, and these areas are also discussed in the position statement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-302
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number2
Early online date27 Feb 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009


  • advocacy
  • climate change
  • respiratory disease
  • particulate air-pollution
  • case-crossover analysis
  • heat-related mortality
  • hospital admissions
  • temperature modify
  • general-practice
  • indoor dampness
  • pollen allergy
  • public-health
  • grass-pollen


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