Climate change impacts on water salinity and health
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- Climate change, Salinity, Water quality, River deltas
It is estimated that 884 million people do not have access to clean drinking water in the world. Increasing salinity of natural drinking water sources has been reported as one of the many problems that affect low-income countries, but one which has not been fully explored. This problem is exacerbated by rising sea-levels, owing to climate change, and other contributing factors, like changes in fresh water flow from rivers and increased shrimp farming along the coastal areas. In some countries, desalination plants are used to partly remove salt and other minerals from water sources, but this is unlikely to be a sustainable option for low-income countries affected by high salinity. Using the example of Bangladesh as a model country, the following research indicates that the problem of salinity can have serious implications with regard to rising rates of hypertension and other public health problems among large sectors of the worldwide population.
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TY - JOUR AU - Paolo Vineis AU - Queenie Chan AU - Aneire Khan PY - 2011 DA - 2011/11/17 TI - Climate change impacts on water salinity and health JO - Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health SP - 5 EP - 10 VL - 1 IS - 1 SN - 2210-6014 UR - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jegh.2011.09.001 DO - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jegh.2011.09.001 ID - Vineis2011 ER -