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Forum discusses health effects of climate change

Korea Herald

International academics and health care officials will gather here Wednesday to discuss the correlation between climate change and health in Asia.

Supported by the World Health Organization and U.N. Environment Program, the Korean government holds the 4th Scientific Conference of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries at COEX, southern Seoul.

Representatives from seven Asian countries and international experts are expected to examine the characteristics of Asian climate change trends and their effect on people’s health and to discuss ways to form a cooperative network between countries.

The conference, which used to be a closed meeting of health care officials and experts, is opened to the public this year for their better understanding.

Alistair Woodward, professor of Oakland University, will deliver a keynote speech, opening the conference. Health officials from seven countries will explain specific effects on health from climate change and the policy responses to them.

According to the Korean presenter Jang Jae-yeon, professor of Ajou University, the average temperature in the nation’s seven major cities has continued to grow over the past 37 years, with the precipitation increasing by 21 percent.

As the high temperature in July and August was found to have contributed to deaths in summer, the Korean government issues heat-wave warnings and conducts inspections on vulnerable groups, especially senior citizens, he said.

The government also plans to set up a network that monitors the changes in health indicators that are affected by natural disasters and climate change.

The conference starts at 10 a.m. and admission is free of charge. 

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