Climate Change and Urban Health: The Case of Hong Kong as a Subtropical City, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Climate Change and Urban Health

The Case of Hong Kong as a Subtropical City, 1st Edition

By Emily Ying Yang Chan


264 pages | 85 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a theoretical framework and related technical skills for investigating climate change and its public health consequences and responses with a focus on urban settings, and in particular Hong Kong, a subtropical metropolis in Asia.

Specifically, the book examines the impact of climate change on health in terms of mortality, hospital admissions and help-seeking, as well as key response strategies of adaptation and mitigation. Many existing books tend to consider the relationship of climate change and public health as two connected issues divided into various discrete topics. Conversely, this book explicitly applies public health concepts to study the human impact of climate change, for example, by conceptualising climate change impact and its alleviation, mitigation and adaptation in a public health framework. Overall, this volume summarises what is known about climate change and health and ignites further debates in the area, especially for urban subtropical communities from within a wider global perspective.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental health, public health, climate change, urban studies and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Principles of Health, Public Health, and Climate Change
  3. Climate Change Impact on Disease and Health
  4. Climate Change and Disasters
  5. Research Methodology I: Climate and Health Outcome Modelling
  6. Research Methodology II: Climate and Human Behavioural Model
  7. The Case of Hong Kong
  8. Health Impact of Extreme Temperature and Heat Island Effect on Mortality
  9. Temperature Impact on General and Communicable Disease-Related Morbidities
  10. Temperature and Non-Communicable Disease Hospitalisation
  11. Climate Change Behavioural Adaptation I: Help-Seeking and Information-Seeking Behaviours under Extreme Climate Events
  12. Climate Change Behavioural Adaptation II: Bottom-Up Approach of Community Risk Perception and Self-Help Behaviours under Extreme Climate Events
  13. Climate Change Mitigation, Policies, Research Gaps, and Next Steps
  14. Conclusion

About the Author

Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor, Head of Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine and the Assistant Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Chinese University of Hong Kong. She concurrently holds academic appointments as the Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) of Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK, and is the Co-Chair of WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network. She is author/editor of numerous titles and articles, including Public Health Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters (Routledge, 2017).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environment and Health

The study of the impact of environmental change on human health has rapidly gained momentum in recent years, and an increasing number of scholars are now turning their attention to this issue. Reflecting the development of this emerging body of work, the Routledge Studies in Environment and Health series is dedicated to supporting this growing area with cutting edge interdisciplinary research targeted at a global audience. The books in this series cover key issues such as climate change, urbanisation, waste management, water quality, environmental degradation and pollution, and examine the ways in which these factors impact human health from a social, economic and political perspective.

Comprising edited collections, co-authored volumes and single author monographs, this innovative series provides an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in this new and important field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban