Climate change is bound to affect our lives in numerous ways, some more easily predictable than others. Our research programme has continued to provide valuable evidence on how environmental changes associated with climate change will impact our health. For example, as detailed in the highlight section, we found that global warming will have a direct consequence on malaria transmission in highly densely populated areas of Africa (1). According to our projections based on epidemiological modelling, Europe will also be affected: the number of heat-related deaths in the continent, and particularly in the Mediterranean region, will increase in the coming decades if stronger mitigation measures are not implemented immediately (2).


As it becomes clearer that SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay, much uncertainty remains regarding how it will evolve. A model developed by our group provides robust evidence that COVID-19 behaves as a seasonal infection linked to low temperatures and humidity, and underscores the need to shift to measures that promote “air hygiene” (3).

  1. Rodó X. Nature Commun.
  2. Martínez-Solanas E. Lancet Planet Health.
  3. Fontal A. Nat Comput Sci.

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