Climate change and mental health

March 9, 2017. Boston, MA. In part four of our series on climate change and health we explore how environmental changes may have wide-ranging effects on mental health around the world.

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Climate change and health

February 16, 2017. Boston, MA. In this week’s episode: Part one of our multi-part series looking at the links between climate change and health. In part one, we share an in-depth conversation about the effects of climate change and the steps we can take to reduce the damage.

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How Climate Change Hurts Health: Q&A with Dr. Ari Bernstein

January 2017. Boston, MA. Aaron (Ari) Bernstein, MPH ’09, has studied the health effects of climate change from many angles. As associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard Chan School, he has explored the public health effects of such environmental stresses as global warming and loss of biodiversity and has shared the science with students, educators, policymakers, and the public. As a hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital, he has treated young patients with asthma and infections connected to environmental degradation. He spoke recently with Madeline Drexler, editor of Harvard Public Health, about the public health threats that await humanity if it fails to reverse climate change.

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Climate change expanding range of Zika-carrying mosquito

February 2016. Boston, MA. Evidence suggests that climate change is expanding the territory of the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, as well as two other tropical viruses now spreading north: dengue and chikungunya. Prolonged warm temperatures also create the conditions for a longer biting season and accelerated viral replication in the mosquitoes.

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Climate change and food

March 2, 2017. Boston, MA. In part three of our series on climate change and health we examine how environmental changes will affect not only the food we can grow, but how they will make what we’re already growing less nutritious.

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The impact of climate change on health

February 16, 2017. Atlanta, GA. Heat-related illness and death, increases in infectious diseases, injuries and deaths after violent storms—these are some of the serious potential human health impacts of climate change discussed at a recent Climate & Health Meeting.

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Harvard experts gather to discuss urgency, complexity of climate change

Climate ChangeNovember 2016. Boston, MA. Is it possible that the cascading effects of climate change left a fingerprint on the recent U.S. elections? That possibility was floated at a gathering of climate change experts convened to consider a warming world’s potential impact on developing nations, a discussion that reached back to the developed world. The session, held at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, brought together experts from the scientific, policy, legal, health, business, and other academic communities and was by turns urgently pessimistic and optimistic.

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Slum socio-ecology: an exploratory characterisation of vulnerability to climate-change related disasters in the urban context

January 2016. Boston, MA. As cities, especially coastal megacities, continue to grow often through rapid unplanned urbanization, populations are increasingly concentrated in climate change-affected hazard-prone spaces. How these populations interact with their environments will ultimately influence their vulnerability to climate-related disaster. Yet the interdependence between human and environmental systems, especially in the urban slum context, is under-researched and represents an important gap in our understanding.

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Empathy and the environment

February 23, 2017. Boston, MA. In part two of Harvard Chan: This Week in Health podcast's series on climate change and health we explore ways to communicate effectively about the issue. What can be done to convince skeptics? And we’ll explain why empathy might be the key to shifting the conversation.

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Putting a human face on climate change

December 22, 2016. Cambridge, MA. Focusing on the potential health impacts of climate change—such as malnutrition, an increase in infectious and chronic diseases, and more deaths from heat waves and cold snaps—may be the best way to communicate its dangers, according to speakers at a recent Harvard symposium.

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Most U.S. counties could gain $1m in annual health benefits from carbon standard

June 2016. Boston, MA. Nearly all U.S. regions stand to gain economic benefits from power plant carbon standards that set moderately stringent emission targets and allow a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Syracuse UniversityResources for the Future, and the Harvard Forest, Harvard University as a project of the Science Policy Exchange.

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Poverty, political unrest, and climate change encourage Chagas' disease spread

Fall 2015. Boston, MA. Chagas’ disease afflicts an estimated 8 million people worldwide. The infection is carried in animals and transmitted to humans by the triatomine bug, or kissing bug. While the disease is curable if treatment is started soon after infection, most cases are not caught in the early phases. Harvard Public Health magazine interview with Barbara Burleigh, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, who has devoted her career to studying Chagas’ disease.

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