ACTIONS ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS OFFER MAJOR AND IMMEDIATE HEALTH GAINS
Jonathan Patz, Tony J. McMichael Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
February 18, 12 – 1PM CT Zoom Event
Climate change is a human health emergency, posing major health risks from weather extremes (e.g., heat, droughts, floods, and storms) and sea level rise that each threaten adverse impacts on climate-sensitive diseases and health outcomes. Improved preparedness and adaptive capabilities will be required, but at the same time, we have an opportunity to mitigate the risk at its source: that is, reducing greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet. Substantial health benefits are very likely if we embrace policies to advance a low-carbon economy. In this presentation, quantitative evidence will be presented to show how reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the energy, food, and transportation sectors has the potential to cut –by nearly half –the number of premature deaths worldwide every year. In short, climate action is a golden opportunity to promote health.
Distinguished Speaker Colloquium on Biological Sciences and Climate Change
The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation invite you to the “Distinguished Speaker Colloquium on Biological Sciences and Climate Change.” The series is intended to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration on topics around sustainable development and climate change. Speakers will address climate change and its impact on public health and ecosystems and biological diversity, as well as sustainable responses to the crisis.
Talks will take place in February and March from 12:30-1:30 CST on Zoom. Learn more and register.