BSD Diversity | The University of Chicago Biological Sciences

The BSD and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation are hosting a series that will address climate change and its impact on public health and ecosystems and biological diversity, as well as sustainable responses to the crisis. The series is intended to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration on topics around sustainable development and climate change, according to the events’ organizers. Sari Kovats will detail her paper, which reports on the CCRA3 evidence review, which considers the current and likely future impacts of changing flood risk, heatwaves, coastal change, air pollution, vector-borne disease and water quality on public health and healthcare delivery.  Register here.

Kovats, an environmental epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Environments, and Society at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has co-authored scientific assessments of climate change risk and health for the World Health Organization and World Bank and bodies in the United Kingdom and Europe.


  • Event Details:
    • Link to Kovats’ Paper
      • Abstract: The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) for the UK is a statutory requirement under the Climate Change Act. The Evidence Report for the Third CCRA (2022) assessed key current and future risks to public health from climate change and reviews present and planned adaptation strategies to limit impacts on the UK population. Any assessment of adaptation needs to evaluate whether current actions are sufficient to manage the climate risks to an acceptable level, and assess whether such actions improve or exacerbate adverse health outcomes and health inequalities. The long-term health and social consequences of climate change over the century are considered through potential policy, building and environmental “lock-in”. Climate change presents a challenge for organizations to deliver national policy responses, ensuring that adaptation remains equitable and optimal for health.
    • Location: Zoom
    • Date & Time: March 11th, 12-1pm CDT
    • Details on the “Distinguished Speaker Colloquium on Biological Sciences and Climate Change”
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