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Climate Change, Occupational and Disease Patterns in Coastal Populations
Product of Climate change is change in the weather conditions directly or indirectly i.e. change in the atmospheric conditions as well as livelihood and infrastructure. Increased patterns of mortality and morbidity (directly or indirectly) can be observed through Climate-sensitive diseases. India is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia which is highly susceptible to climate change. The variation in the climate change along the Indian coast eventually has a remarkable impact on health and socio-economic condition on local communities and their livelihood. In Indian coastal areas main occupation is either the fishing or horticulture. These occupations reveal the higher vulnerability due to variability in the climate change. In India, coastal population with reference to occupational health effect due to climate change has not gained the attention of researcher so far. An anthropological attempt tried to illustrate in the present study considering the increasing trend of impact of climate change on health of coastal population. The study unfolds the linkages between climate change, occupation and health in coastal populations. Further, it has been shown in the study that associations of these linkages are complex, multi-layered and predictions of the future health impacts of climate change are still in vague.