Population health is being shaped by forces such as demographic ageing, rapid urbanization, environmental degradation and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles, leading to a situation where non-communicable chronic diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of mortality and morbidity, becoming a new epidemic.
Climate change is the defining public health challenge of the century. Its impacts are already visible, and current evidence agrees that these will amplify as warming progresses. The contribution of epidemiologists is crucial – not only to understand the mechanisms and the magnitude and extension of the health impacts but also to furnish policymakers with scientifically grounded evidence on solutions to protect the population.
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