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Research Article // Climate Change and Nutrition: Implications for the Eastern Mediterranean Region

By Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh and colleagues. This review paper aims at (1) characterizing climate change in countries of the EMR; (2) examining the potential effects of climate change on the nutritional and health status of the population; and (3) identifying the most vulnerable population groups.

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Abstract

The Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) is considered among the world’s most vulnerable to the dire impacts of climate change. This review paper aims at (1) characterizing climate change in countries of the EMR; (2) examining the potential effects of climate change on the nutritional and health status of the population; and (3) identifying the most vulnerable population groups. The paper explored several climate change indicators including daily temperatures, extreme temperature, daily precipitation, extreme precipitation (flooding, drought, storms, etc.), humidity, CO2 concentrations and sea surface temperature in EMR countries. Findings suggest that climate change will exert a significant adverse effect on water and food security and showed that the nutritional status of the population, which is already characterized by the triple burden of malnutrition, is likely to worsen via three main pathways mediated by climate change, namely, its impact on food security, care and health. Women, infants, children, those living in poor households and those experiencing displacement will be among the most vulnerable to the nutritional impacts of climate change. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations from the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition, which can support the region in tackling the critical nexus of climate change and nutrition.

Published

December 2022

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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Citation

Al-Jawaldeh, A.; Nabhani, M.; Taktouk, M.; Nasreddine, L. Climate Change and Nutrition: Implications for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 17086. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph...

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