How (in)visible are the health impacts of climate change?

Nadia Flores, Luke Parry, Diego Pons, Claudia Radel, Susana Adamo, Miriam Counterman, Paty Romero

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This paper scrutinizes the assertion that knowledge gaps concerning health risks from climate change are unjust,and must be addressed, because they hinder evidence-led interventions to protect vulnerable populations. First,we construct a taxonomy of six inter-related forms of invisibility (social marginalization, forced invisibility bymigrants, spatial marginalization, neglected diseases, mental health, uneven climatic monitoring and fore-casting) which underlie systematic biases in current understanding of these risks in Latin America, and advocatean approach to climate-health research that draws on intersectionality theory to address these inter-relations. Wepropose that these invisibilities should be understood as outcomes of structural imbalances in power and re-sources rather than as haphazard blindspots in scientific and state knowledge. Our thesis, drawing on theories ofgovernmentality, is that context-dependent tensions condition whether or not benefits of making vulnerablepop
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
StatePublished - Aug 6 2019


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