Brain diseases in changing climate

Joanna A. Ruszkiewicz, Alexey A. Tinkov, Anatoly V. Skalny, Vasileios Siokas, Efthimios Dardiotis, Aristidis Tsatsakis, Aaron B. Bowman, João B.T. da Rocha, Michael Aschner

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Climate change is one of the biggest and most urgent challenges for the 21st century. Rising average temperatures and ocean levels, altered precipitation patterns and increased occurrence of extreme weather events affect not only the global landscape and ecosystem, but also human health. Multiple environmental factors influence the onset and severity of human diseases and changing climate may have a great impact on these factors. Climate shifts disrupt the quantity and quality of water, increase environmental pollution, change the distribution of pathogens and severely impacts food production – all of which are important regarding public health. This paper focuses on brain health and provides an overview of climate change impacts on risk factors specific to brain diseases and disorders. We also discuss emerging hazards in brain health due to mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108637
JournalEnvironmental Research
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • Brain disease
  • Climate change
  • Environment
  • Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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