Editor’s Note| Volume 34, ISSUE 1, P1-2, March 2023

Climate Change in and Around the High Ranges of Asia: Consequences for Human Health

      In the December 2022 Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Editor’s Note
      • Binder W.D.
      Perspectives on wilderness.
      , the author briefly discussed the challenges of delivering healthcare in regions impacted by a changing climate. The author suggested that, due to these burgeoning challenges, the relevance of wilderness and environmental medicine is now arguably greater than ever. Dramatic environmental events such as the profound late spring and summer 2022 flooding in Pakistan caused by heavier than normal monsoon rains and the rapid glacial melt following a severe heat wave are quite likely to become more frequent in and around the mountain regions of Asia. The seemingly inexorable effects of what we have come to term “climate change” has touched us all, and will, without doubt, continue to affect our lives in major ways into the future. Peoples living among the many mountain ranges of Asia—the Himalaya being the largest at approximately 2,400 km in length—and those whose lives are influenced by these great ranges, will clearly not escape the consequences brought by a changing climate.
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