Scientific article of the week

Climate change threatens to reverse world’s health and development gains made in the past fifty years

Comment to article: van Daalen KR, Romanello M, Rocklöv J, Semenza JC, Tonne C, Markandya A, Dasandi N,et al. The 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: towards a climate resilient future. Lancet Public Health. 2022 Nov;7(11):e942-e965. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(22)00197-9.   Due to human actions, the average global surface air temperature…

The meteorological origin of heat waves influences their impact on health

Comment to article: Does the meteorological origin of heat waves influence their impact on health? A 6-year morbidity and mortality study in Madrid (Spain). Sciences of the Total Environment. 855 (2023) 158900. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.158900 Autores: Ruiz-Páez R, Díaz J, López-Bueno JA, Navas MA, Mirón IJ, Martínez GS, Luna MY, Linares C.   The authors of this…

Effectiveness of environmental interventions for dengue, Zika and chikungunya vectors surveillance

Comment to article: Silvia Tortosa-La Osa, Ángela Galán-Relaño (2022). Effectiveness of environmental interventions to reduce entomological indices of dengue, Zika, and chikungunya vector. Acta Tropica, 233, 106523. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2022.106523   Arthropod-borne diseases (arboviral disease), such as dengue, Zika virus disease and chikungunya fever (1) are a major global public health concern, due to their increasing incidence,…

Health professionals call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to protect lives of current and future generations

Health professionals have called upon world leaders to develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, laying a legally binding global plan to protect the health and lives of current and future generations, by phasing out fossil fuels worldwide, in a rapid and equitable manner, to limit global warming to 1.5 ºC.   1.To end…

Can air pollution be associated with COVID-19 mortality in Spain?

Comment to article: Mortality due to COVID-19 in Spain and its association with environmental factors and determinants of health / Mortalidad por COVID-19 en España y su asociación con factores ambientales y determinantes de la salud. Autores: Dante R. Culqui Lévano, Julio Díaz, Alejandro Blanco, José A. Lopez, Miguel A. Navas, Gerardo Sánchez‑Martínez, M. Yolanda…

Rational use of biocides and the need to research on effective alternatives for domestic rodent control

Comment to article: Ruiz-López, María José, Laura Barahona, Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Marta Pepió, Andrea Valsecchi, Victor Peracho, Jordi Figuerola, and Tomas Montalvo. “Widespread resistance to anticoagulant rodenticides in Mus musculus domesticus in the city of Barcelona.” Science of the Total Environment 845 (2022): 157192. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969722042905 – bb0095     House mice are considered to be one of…

Linking climate change, environmental degradation and migration

Comment to article: Piguet E. Linking climate change, environmental degradation, and migration: An update after 10 years. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Clim Chang. 2022 Jan 1;13(1). The author updates the review he conducted ten years ago analysing the literature available on this topic, and proposes a number of new questions that are crucial to improving the…

Forecasting the geographical distribution of the West Nile virus

West Nile virus is the most geographically widespread arbovirus in the world. Identifying the links between environmental variables and the circulation of the virus is the main challenge when addressing predictive risk mapping. Comment to article: “West Nile virus in Spain: Forecasting the geographical distribution of risky areas with an ecological niche modelling approach”  Reference:…

Is the Spanish population adapting to heat?

Effects of local factors on adaptation to heat in Spain (1983–2018).   There is a biological (physiological) acclimatisation of the population to heat, but there is also a number of other individual factors (adaptation) which make certain populations more vulnerable to heat than others. Factors that influence the vulnerability of a population to heat include…