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Remote Indigenous Populations and Climate Change: Reducing the Impacts on Health and Well-Being 

Remote Indigenous Populations and Climate Change: Reducing the Impacts on Health and Well-Being
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Remote Indigenous Populations and Climate Change: Reducing the Impacts on Health and Well-Being
Author(s):

James Ford

and Peter Adams

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199974702.003.0013
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date: 14 December 2018

Vulnerable populations that are already struggling with economic, social and health inequalities and facing poor environmental conditions are the least prepared to address the negative consequences of climate change. At the same time, these groups are also often living in locations that are likely to see strong impacts of climate change. This chapter examines the determinants of vulnerability that make indigenous communities more vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, looking at the impact of climate change on the livelihoods and environmental health of indigenous communities in the Canadian north and in low and middle income countries. Adaptation policies are critical in preventing the detrimental impacts of climate change from disproportionately affecting already-marginalized communities, and the chapter will examine promising strategies to address these challenges and reduce the negative impacts on health and livelihoods.

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