TÜBA Report on Climate Change and Public Health in Turkey Has Been Published
The report consists of 5 chapters respectively; Introduction, Studies on Climate Change and Public Health, Climate Change and Its Impacts on Public Health, Compliance and Mitigation Policies, and Results and Recommendations. In the editorial board of the report, TÜBA President Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Şeker, TÜBA Members Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu, and Prof. Dr. İzzet Öztürk took place. In addition to the editors, prominent academicians and experts from related fields (Prof. Dr. Hasan Hüseyin Eker, Prof. Dr. Ali Özer, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Aydın, Prof. Dr. Ali Deniz, and Assoc. Prof. Fatih Kara) have given opinions to this report.
According to the report; “Sustainable development, which aims to make it possible to meet the needs of future generations along with the needs of today’s generations, took its place on the world agenda in the late 20th century. One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of UN is to combat climate change and its impact. The increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is expected to cause regional and global changes in climate and climate-related variables such as temperature, precipitation, air, and soil moisture. Moreover the significant temperature increase observed in the global climate, according to the projections made with advanced climate models, an increase in global surface temperatures is expected between 2-4,5 celsius in the period 1990-2100. Depending on the increase in global surface temperatures, the change of hydrological cycle, melting of land and sea glaciers, narrowing of glacial areas, especially in polar regions, rising sea levels, shifting climate belts, changing dynamic processes in the atmosphere, heat waves are more severe and frequent. In some regions, excessive precipitation and floods and in some regions droughts are more severe and frequent, and drought epidemics and pests due to high temperatures may occur.”
Therefore as TÜBA President Prof. Dr. Muzaffer ŞEKER said in the preamble; “It is necessary to underline with the awareness that climate change, environmental problems, and public areas are interconnected. Public health problems are related to so many different multidisciplinary aspects but mostly considered climate change, environmental issues, and economic situations. The purpose of such reports, which is valuable for human beings, is to leave a livable world to future generations. It should not be forgotten that we have only one world that we can protect and live on.”
The report has published in Turkish and English.