[The impact of climate change on health in the Netherlands: the latest insights]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2021 Sep 1;165:D6245.
[Article in Dutch]

Abstract

This synthesis provides the latest insights into the impact of climate change in the Netherlands for which five separate health effects are particularly relevant. Climate change is associated with increased frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves. Major heat-related health risks include heat stroke, exacerbations of renal dysfunction due to dehydration and cardiovascular disease due to overheating. Climate change is associated with more hours of sunshine and more ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Heat and air pollution, both effects of climate change, lead to significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Climate change is associated with an increase in water, food and vector-related infectious diseases due to, among other things, an increased temperature, increased water recreation and an altered water quality. Another effect is an increase in allergies and respiratory complaints via the prolongation and intensification of the pollen season. Our conclusion is that climate change in the Netherlands mainly entails negative health effects.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution*
  • Allergens
  • Climate Change
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity*
  • Netherlands / epidemiology

Substances

  • Allergens