Climate change, water quality and water-related challenges: A review with focus on Pakistan

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Abstract

Climate variability is heavily impacting human health all around the globe, in particular, on residents of developing countries. Impacts on surface water and groundwater resources and water-related illnesses are increasing, especially under changing climate scenarios such as diversity in rainfall patterns, increasing temperature, flash floods, severe droughts, heatwaves and heavy precipitation. Emerging water-related diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya are reappearing and impacting on the life of the deprived; as such, the provision of safe water and health care is in great demand in developing countries to combat the spread of infectious diseases. Government, academia and private water bodies are conducting water quality surveys and providing health care facilities, but there is still a need to improve the present strategies concerning water treatment and management, as well as governance. In this review paper, climate change pattern and risks associated with water-related diseases in developing countries, with particular focus on Pakistan, and novel methods for controlling both waterborne and water-related diseases are discussed. This study is important for public health care, particularly in developing countries, for policy makers, and researchers working in the area of climate change, water quality and risk assessment.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
  • Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Salford
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Klimatforskning

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer8518
Sidor (från-till)1-22
Antal sidor22
TidskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volym17
Utgåva nummer22
StatusPublished - 2020 nov 2
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa