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Non-Communicable Disease Forum: The Effects of Climate Change on Water Quality

Institute of Global Health Innovation

Thursday, 19 March 2015 from 15:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Non-Communicable Disease Forum: The Effects of Climate...

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Effects of climate change on water quality and chronic diseases in coastal areas

Professor Paolo Vineis, School of Public Health, Imperial 
Dr Adrian Butler, School of Engineering, Imperial 

Coastal populations in southwest Bangladesh have been experiencing increasing salinity levels in their drinking water sources and there is now evidence that increased salinity in drinking water in this and other coastal areas of South-East Asia is associated with increased blood pressure in the population.

Several causes have been hypothesised. In 1975, India completed a barrage at Farakka, which diverts a portion of the Ganges and decreases the flow into Bangladesh. Salinity levels in downstream tributaries of the Ganges River flowing through southwest Bangladesh have been inversely related to the decreasing volume of the Ganges water flow into Bangladesh. Longer-term climatic changes have also been associated with an increase in river salinity in the area. These include rising sea level, increased ocean temperature, and changes in precipitation which have led to more frequent coastal flooding and increased salinity.

This seminar will review the evidence on the origins of these changes, the effects on health and potential strategies for ameliorating the situation both in the long and short term.

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Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre
First floor, Imperial College London Medical School Building
St Mary's Campus
W2 1PG Norfolk Place
United Kingdom

Thursday, 19 March 2015 from 15:00 to 17:00 (GMT)


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