China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, in a study published in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change, researchers from Emory University found that climate change will blunt China’s efforts at further reducing these diseases in the decades to come.
Story image The study found that by 2030, changes to the global climate could delay China’s progress reducing diarrheal and vector-borne diseases by up to seven years.
Credit: Emory University
The study, ‘Delays in reducing waterborne and water-related infectious diseases in China under climate change,’ was supported in part by the Emory Global Health Institute.Nature Climate Change (2014) doi:10.1038/nclimate2428