Climate change, water quality and water-related challenges : a review with focus on Pakistan

Ahmed, T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9392-7304, Zounemat-Kermani, M and Scholz, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8919-3838 2020, 'Climate change, water quality and water-related challenges : a review with focus on Pakistan' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (22) , e8518.

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Abstract

Climate variability is heavily impacting human health all around the globe, in particular, on residents of developing countries. Impacts on surface water and groundwater resources and water-related illnesses are increasing, especially under changing climate scenarios such as diversity in rainfall patterns, increasing temperature, flash floods, severe droughts, heatwaves and heavy precipitation. Emerging water-related diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya are reappearing and impacting on the life of the deprived; as such, the provision of safe water and health care is in great demand in developing countries to combat the spread of infectious diseases. Government, academia and private water bodies are conducting water quality surveys and providing health care facilities, but there is still a need to improve the present strategies concerning water treatment and management, as well as governance. In this review paper, climate change pattern and risks associated with water-related diseases in developing countries, with particular focus on Pakistan, and novel methods for controlling both waterborne and water-related diseases are discussed. This study is important for public health care, particularly in developing countries, for policy makers, and researchers working in the area of climate change, water quality and risk assessment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 1660-4601 **History: published 17-11-2020; accepted 15-11-2020
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1660-4601
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Funders: COMSATS University Islamabad
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2020 08:41
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 08:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58876

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