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Mitigating Climate Change

We will advance planetary health through applied research, modeling analyses and policy applications.
Research Scientist Anne Wyllie at work in the lab.

The current and future impact of climate change on human health is profound. The World Health Organization estimates that in the 20 years between 2030 and 2050, climate change will result in an additional 250,000 deaths annually. Mortality and morbidity stemming from floods, droughts, coastal flooding, heatwaves, desertification, forest destruction and wildfires will be significant. These changes will disproportionately impact the globe’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Planetary health must mitigate the effects of climate change, even as we seek to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

As one of only a few such programs in the world, YSPH’s Center on Climate Change and Health (CCCH) makes the most of the university’s multidisciplinary expertise and global reach to address these profound and complex issues. As the globe’s most existential threat, climate change is an area of study that our students must be grounded in and prepared to address. Given that the most vulnerable people are also society’s most disadvantaged, the social determinants of disease loom large. CCCH catalyzes innovative research and provides comprehensive education to prepare the next generation of public health professionals to meet the many health challenges posed by climate change. CCCH has an affiliation with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, the Planetary Health Alliance and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance and works closely with the Yale School of the Environment. Increasingly, it uses distance learning and “train the trainer” models to advance the efforts of scientists in countries around the globe.

Yale’s CCCH also partners with the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) to solve the most pressing global health challenges, collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations and universities in essential partnerships. YIGH convenes leaders from all sectors to design and execute the most innovative research and practical approaches to health risks around the world. YIGH is a vibrant intersection of intellectual rigor, experience and creativity, where interdisciplinary collaboration inspires ideas and where access to experts from across campus and the world can accelerate exploratory processes. Innovation can come from anywhere, making YIGH one of the most dynamic and impactful scientific ecosystems at Yale.