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Special Issue "Urban Forest, Climate Change, Human and Ecosystem Health: An Inextricable Nexus"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 1502

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Environmental Changes and Sustainable Innovations Department, University of Guarulhos, Guarulhos 07023-070, Brazil
Interests: understanding ecological patterns and processes; biogeochemical cycling; climate change; atmospheric pollution; nature conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human-induced climate change is causing widespread and dangerous disruptions to nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce climate-related risks. Human-inhabited areas and ecosystems are becoming less able to deal with the consequences of this mounting problem, despite representing the most severely affected entities.

Variations in climate patterns have been directly associated with physical and mental health, also having a strong relationship with natural disasters that pose risks to human and ecosystem health. In addition, the proliferation of vectors and the rise of epidemiological diseases, i.e., arboviruses, will threaten millions of people.

Moreover, there is an urgent need to create mechanisms for adaptation to and mitigation of the ongoing climate change scenario. The IPCC's sixth report showed that the impacts of human actions on Earth's climate are already being felt, highlighting that countries have done little to counteract or mitigate the effects of this crisis. The the need to adapt cities to this future scenario with higher socio-environmental challenges, as well as to promote of environmental and social agendas allied to the Sustainable Development Goals, are emerging issues, especially in low-income countries.

In this sense, urban and peri-urban forests are essential elements in strategic environmental planning aimed at seeking social equality, democratizing the use of green spaces, maintaining biodiversity, and adapting to and mitigating climate change in cities. As such, we invite scholars who work within this field of knowledge to submit their work to this Special Issue and join us in presenting high-level research and publication of new methods to help bring advances in this filed.

Dr. Maurício Lamano Ferreira
Guest Editor

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  • urban green space
  • human well-being
  • air pollution
  • sustainable cities
  • Agenda 2030
  • urban biodiversity
  • ecosystem processes
  • territorial planning
  • adaptation to climate change
  • human health

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Systematic Review
Environmental Planning and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Systematic Review on the Role of the Metabolomic Profile
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(14), 6433; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20146433 - 23 Jul 2023
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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the major cause of death worldwide and have economic, psychological, and social impacts. Air pollution is the second, contributing to NCDs-related deaths. Metabolomics are a useful diagnostic and prognostic tool for NCDs, as they allow the identification of biomarkers [...] Read more.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the major cause of death worldwide and have economic, psychological, and social impacts. Air pollution is the second, contributing to NCDs-related deaths. Metabolomics are a useful diagnostic and prognostic tool for NCDs, as they allow the identification of biomarkers linked to emerging pathologic processes. The aim of the present study was to review the scientific literature on the application of metabolomics profiling in NCDs and to discuss environmental planning actions to assist healthcare systems and public managers based on early metabolic diagnosis. The search was conducted following PRISMA guidelines using Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed databases with the following MeSH terms: “metabolomics” AND “noncommunicable diseases” AND “air pollution”. Twenty-nine studies were eligible. Eleven involved NCDs prevention, eight addressed diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, systemic arterial hypertension, or metabolic syndrome. Six studies focused on obesity, two evaluated nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, two studied cancer, and none addressed chronic respiratory diseases. The studies provided insights into the biological pathways associated with NCDs. Understanding the cost of delivering care where there will be a critical increase in NCDs prevalence is crucial to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health by allocating environmental planning and treatment resources. Full article
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