New EAACI Paper: Immune-mediated disease caused by climate change-associated environmental hazards: mitigation and adaptation

New EAACI Paper: Immune-mediated disease caused by climate change-associated environmental hazards: mitigation and adaptation

We are excited to announce the publication of a groundbreaking paper titled “Immune-mediated Disease Caused by Climate Change-associated Environmental Hazards.” This paper addresses crucial issues surrounding the impact of climate change on human health and offers insights into mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Key points discussed in the paper include:

  • The exacerbation of environmental stressors such as pollen burden, wildfires, sand and dust storms, heatwaves, and air pollution due to global warming and climate change.
  • The complex immune responses triggered by these stressors and their contribution to immune dysregulation, leading to an increase in immune-mediated diseases such as asthma, allergic diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.
  • The urgent need for multisectoral, multidisciplinary, and transborder efforts based on Planetary Health and One Health approaches to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Key actions recommended to address these challenges, including reducing emissions, improving air quality, providing safe housing, enhancing diets and agricultural practices, and increasing environmental biodiversity and green spaces.
  • The importance of collaborative, multidisciplinary research to better understand the pathophysiology of immune diseases in the context of climate change, utilizing new data science techniques, biomarkers, and economic models.

Moreover, the paper emphasizes the crucial role of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) considerations in addressing disparities in the impact of climate change.

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This EAACI Paper it’s an EAACI ROC project and has been authored by esteemed members including Ioana Agache, Cezmi Akdis, Mubeccel Akdis, Lorenzo Cecchi, Marek Jutel, Ruby Pawankar, Harald Renz, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, and Kari Nadeau. The entire team is hopeful that this study will prove to be a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and all those interested in comprehending and tackling the convergence of climate change and immune health.

The article has been live since 4 April and it includes:

  1. An Editorial by Stephen T. Holgate (University of Southampton, UK)
  2. An Editorial by Marsha Wills-Karp (Johns Hopkins University, US)
  3. A Viewpoint by Edward Maibach (George Mason University, US)
  4. A Policy Outlook by Frederico Guanais (OECD)
  5. A Frontiers for Young Minds article (version of the lead article for kids)
  6. A comprehensive communications package, including an explainer, video and press release & tailored outreach to the scientific community

The hub extends the Lead Article’s reach and impact across multiple audiences, providing further context, connecting communities, and sparking global conversations. Moreover, this article has already been featured as a news story by CNN, STAT, la Repubblica, Berkeley Public Health and more.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to them and encourage you to delve into the paper with enthusiasm!

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