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Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

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Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change. Eds. Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine & Aletta Bonn. Springer Open, 2019.

This open access book identifies and discusses biodiversity’s contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation.

This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing challenge of climate change. This makes the book unique to other books that focus either on biodiversity and physical health or natural environments and mental wellbeing. The book is written as a definitive ‘go-to’ book for those who are new to the field of biodiversity and health.

Table of Contents


  • Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change: Challenges, Opportunities and Evidence Gaps | Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn

Biodiversity and Physical Health

  • Biodiversity, Physical Health and Climate Change: A Synthesis of Recent Evidence | Sarah J. Lindley, Penny A. Cook, Matthew Dennis, Anna Gilchrist
  • Climate Change and Pollen Allergies | Athanasios Damialis, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Regina Treudler
  • Vector-Borne Diseases | Ruth Müller, Friederike Reuss, Vladimir Kendrovski, Doreen Montag 
  • The Influence of Socio-economic and Socio-demographic Factors in the Association Between Urban Green Space and Health | Nadja Kabisch
  • Green Spaces and Child Health and Development | Payam Dadvand, Mireia Gascon, Iana Markevych

Biodiversity, Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being

  • Theoretical Foundations of Biodiversity and Mental Well-being Relationships | Melissa R. Marselle
  • Biodiversity in the Context of ‘Biodiversity – Mental Health’ Research | Sjerp de Vries, Robbert Snep
  • Review of the Mental Health and Well-being Benefits of Biodiversity | Melissa R. Marselle, Dörte Martens, Martin Dallimer, Katherine N. Irvine
  • Biodiversity and Spiritual Well-being | Katherine N. Irvine, Dusty Hoesly, Rebecca Bell-Williams, Sara L. Warber

Implications of the Biodiversity and Health Relationship 

  • Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change: Implications for Public Health | Penny A. Cook, Michelle Howarth, C. Philip Wheater
  • Biodiversity and Health: Implications for Conservation | Zoe G. Davies, Martin Dallimer, Jessica C. Fisher, Richard A. Fuller
  • Supporting Behavioural Entrepreneurs: Using the Biodiversity-Health Relationship to Help Citizens Self-Initiate Sustainability Behaviour | Raymond De Young
  • Global Developments: Policy Support for Linking Biodiversity, Health and Climate Change | Horst Korn, Jutta Stadler, Aletta Bonn
  • European Nature and Health Network Initiatives | Hans Keune, Kerstin Friesenbichler, Barbara Häsler, Astrid Hilgers, Jukka-Pekka Jäppinen, Beate Job-Hoben et al.
  • Planning and Managing Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity and Health in a Changing Climate | Front Matter
  • Nature-Based Solutions and Protected Areas to Improve Urban Biodiversity and Health | Kathy MacKinnon, Chantal van Ham, Kate Reilly, Jo Hopkins
  • Environmental, Health and Equity Effects of Urban Green Space Interventions | Ruth F. Hunter, Anne Cleary, Matthias Braubach
  • Resilience Management for Healthy Cities in a Changing Climate | Thomas Elmqvist, Franz Gatzweiler, Elisabet Lindgren, Jieling Liu
  • Linking Landscape Planning and Health | Stefan Heiland, Julia Weidenweber, Catharine Ward Thompson


  • Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change: Perspectives for Science, Policy and Practice | Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn








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