UChicago-PKU Joint Forum 2022 

The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

  • Tuesday, October 25 (Chicago Date)

    7:00 pm Welcome Remarks by Luís Bettencourt, The University of Chicago

    7:05 pm Panel Discussion: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health featuring Madeleine Daepp, Microsoft Research; Cunrui Huang, Tsingua University; Haidong Kan, Fudan University and Pedro Conceição, United Nations Development Programme

    8:15 pm Concluding Remarks by Luís Bettencourt, The University of Chicago


    The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

    In an increasingly more volatile and connected world, development can no longer be measured by economic growth alone and must consider the human impact on the planet’s environment and its feedbacks on society. For the first time, the United Nations’ Human Development report has shown a decline in the global Human Development Index — in part caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but also due to climate change. Hear from the report’s Director, Pedro Conceição, and from academics in China and the US using new methods to measure the local impacts of rising temperatures and creating big data to track air pollution as they discuss how to reduce the impact of climate change on human health.


    In partnership with the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

    The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation is defining a new field of research and practice to advance a more sustainable and equitable future. This field —urban science — is the systemic and computational study of how cities work, grow, and develop. By harmonizing complex ideas from different scholarly disciplines and seizing the availability of novel data, we’ve designed a new, interdisciplinary framework for unveiling fundamental knowledge about urban places and the world’s 4 billion urban inhabitants. Our new education programs, training experiences, and human-centered research engage a community of practice through local partnerships and a diverse knowledge across geographic and cultural contexts, lived experiences, and history to accelerate sustainable urban development around the world.

The climate and energy challenge is inherently global as individual nations cannot control the global thermostat in isolation and must collaborate to curb the consequences of climate change. Join the University of Chicago and Peking University for a joint forum convening academics, policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders to discuss how the US and China – the two largest carbon producers – and the world, are addressing the climate and energy challenge. The panel discussions will elaborate on the impact climate change is having on civilization and how innovative technology, arts and the humanities, public policy, and industry are working to address this challenge. The forum will highlight the conflicting goals of confronting climate change and how decisions made today will impact all of humanity for years to come.

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