More activities of the Chair
The development of national and international conferences and seminars related to climate change and its impact on global health, as well as the creation of practical training programs in this area and the promotion of awards, scholarships and grants for projects of this nature, complement the objectives for which this chair has been conceived.
Given its nature and subject matter, the Chair is linked to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, which is its headquarters. The academic direction and management is led by David Dalmau, PhD in Medicine, specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases, associate professor at the UB and director of the Mútua Terrassa Teaching and Research Foundation. About ten more Mútua Terrassa physicians from various specialties will be part of the professionals assigned to the chair.
Climate change and health
Climate change and its impacts are the most important global challenge that human societies have ever faced. Global warming is not an exclusively environmental problem, but it affects many areas and is becoming a major issue affecting biodiversity, the economic model, mobility, trade, food sovereignty, access to water and natural resources, infrastructure and health. It will therefore have an increasing impact on global, national and local policies.
The alteration of climatic variables — temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind speed and seawater temperature, among others — and the increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events — droughts, floods, heat waves — already pose a risk to ecosystems, to the preservation of biodiversity and to people.
Chronic diseases are very prevalent in industrialized societies such as the Catalan society. These diseases involve a greater vulnerability to other pathologies (comorbidities) and greater fragility to adverse circumstances, given their lower capacity for adaptability. The western Mediterranean basin and, in particular, the Iberian Peninsula will be one of the regions of Europe where climate change will have an earlier effect and where it will manifest itself with greater intensity. Now, scientific evidence of the relationship between climate change and prevalent diseases is scarce.