The Interconnectedness of Climate, Weather, and Living Organisms' Health

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People often share with health care professionals that the weather adversely affects their joints. During a recent health care encounter, a middle-aged woman commented, “My knees let me know the current weather status with better accuracy than the weather forecasters!” Other people describe differing responses to the weather including headaches that worsen with changes in barometric pressure. Some observe that their blood pressure is adversely affected by the heat. Others notice that their mood shifts for better or worse depending on the season, usually noticing that sunshine and good weather positively affects their psychoemotional state.
Biometeorology is the study of the impact of climate and weather on living organisms, including humans, insects, and plants.1,2 This is a broad area of study that includes subspecializations, including zoological, botanical, and ethnological studies; human-induced climate change and its effect on stress, mortality, and morbidity of people and animals; the constructed environment that includes architecture, urban design, and planning; economic systems; social activities; and all forms of natural resource management and production.1 The human impact on climate, weather, and the experiences of all other living organisms is very important to biometeorology and its numerous subspecialties. This scientific field is growing both in depth and breadth and in its utility to health planning.
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