Kristin Aunan is a climate scientist addressing the impacts on human health and wellbeing of environmental hazards
Her main research interest is how exposure to heat and air pollution affects human health in different parts of the world and what are viable and equitable interventions to avoid these effects, be it through mitigation or adaptation. She was among the pioneers on research into the air pollution co-benefits of climate change mitigation, with a particular focus on health co-benefits opportunities in emerging economies. She has led several research expeditions to study air pollution exposure among rural and urban populations in China. She is currently the Coordinator of several international interdisciplinary projects on the health effects of climate change in the EU and beyond
- Dr.scient. (Chemistry), University of Oslo 1998
- Cand. scient. (biology), University of Oslo 1987
- 08/2014–08/2016: Professor II at Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), UiO
- 01/2008–12/2015: Professor II, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo
The oldest source of air pollution still prevails
Twenty-two years into the twenty-first century, the oldest source of air pollution still prevails. Despite the many policies implemented by national governments and promoted by global bodies, solid fuel remains by far the dominant fuel used for cooking in most low and middle-income countries of South Asia and Africa, while solid fuel (both biomass and coal) is used for heating in much of East and Central Europe and Northern China.
Climate impacts internationally | Health
New report from Lancet Countdown highlights increasing impacts of climate change on people’s health and wellbeing
Climate change is undermining every dimension of global health monitored, states the most recent Lancet Countdown report that is tracking the connection between health and climate change.
Climate impacts internationally | Adaptation | Air pollution | Heat waves | Health | Extreme weather
Human health and social development under threat by extreme heat and air pollution
Extreme heat and high levels of air pollution create a major and immediate threat to human health. How should climate research respond?
Luftforurensning | Ekstremvær | Heat waves
Heatwaves hit the most vulnerable hardest
Climate change is increasingly impacting people's health all over the world. As heatwaves become hotter and more frequent, the most vulnerable suffer the most.
Adaptation | Climate impacts internationally | Temperature changes | Heat waves | Health | Extreme weather
ChiNorBC - Chinese-Norwegian Project on Emission, Impact, and Control Policy for Black Carbon and its Co-benefits in Northern China
This project will help enhance the knowledge base for and support the development of a strategy for BC/OC co-control in China.
Adaptation | Health | Emission scenarios | Carbon emissions globally
ENBEL: Connecting health and climate change research
Climate change is according to the WHO the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century. By bringing together leaders in climate change and health research the CICERO-coordinated Horizon 2020 project ENBEL will contribute with knowledge and policy advice on climate change and health links.
Climate impacts internationally | Air pollution | Heat waves | Health | Extreme weather
Embodying Climate Change (EmCliC) - transdiciplinary research on urban overheating
EmCliC is a three-year research project that brings together social anthropology, sociology, climate science, epidemiology, atmospheric physics and novel technology, to understand and demonstrate how people experience climate change on a daily basis.
Climate impacts internationally | Adaptation | Temperature changes | Heat waves | Health | Climate risk
Quantifying health risks from heat and air pollution (HEATCOST)
HEATCOST will quantify health risks attributable to heat and air pollution (with a particular focus on air pollution from wildfires) in main world regions under selected climate scenarios and socioeconomic pathways.
Climate impacts internationally | Adaptation | Temperature changes | Air pollution | Heat waves | Health
4CImpacts - Universal Energy Access: Clean cooking and climate change impacts
Lack of access to clean cooking technology is the single largest environmental risk factor for disease and disability in countries relying on traditional biomass fuels for household energy due to household air pollution.
Adaptation | Air pollution | Health
Increasing temperatures and heat waves due to climate change, combined with air pollution, constitute major health risks, and could cause an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases across Europe. EXHAUSTION (Exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe – cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaptation) aims to quantify the changes in cardiopulmonary mortality and morbidity due to extreme heat and air pollution (including from wildfires) under selected climate scenarios.
EXHAUSTION has its own project website at EXHAUSTION.EU
Health | Air pollution | Heat waves