3 Essential Questions: Climate Change and Health
Kai Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, studies the relationship between climate change, air pollution and human health. He applies multidisciplinary approaches in climate and air pollution sciences, exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology to better understand how climate change is affecting human health. Much of this work has been done in China, Europe and the United States.
The Climate Implications of the Health Sector
In a paper published September 20 in The BMJ, Jodi Sherman, MD, and colleagues encourage clinicians to embrace planetary health care, a broadening of the concept of “first, do no harm” beyond caring for patients to also include preserving the natural world on which human health relies.
25-plus Partners Join Forces to Address Caribbean’s Climate and Health Crisis
An unprecedented gathering sponsored by more than 25 Caribbean countries and territories, the United States and international organizations, have come together to address the public health challenge of climate change in the Caribbean, one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the adverse health effects of the climate crisis.
Voices from the Field: “Community” in Global Health Research: My Eye-opening Journey From the Wet Lab to the Canadian Arctic
YSPH doctoral student Sappho Gilbert on her journey toward public health research and current research on nutrition changes among Inuit communities in Nunavet, Canada.Source: NIEHS - Global Environmental Health Newsletter
Heat, humidity and UV rays linked to COVID-19 spread, YSPH finds
While physical proximity and the use of face masks are well-known factors in the spread of COVID-19, new research links meteorological variables such as temperature, humidity, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) finds.Source: Yale News
Sustainability in U.S. Health Care Symposium Announced
The U.S. health sector currently emits 8.5% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions annually. In the last decade, these emissions increased by more than 30%. If the U.S. health sector were its own nation, it would rank 13th globally for greenhouse gas emissions.
COVID recovery packages should include climate solutions, researcher says
As countries rebuild their economies, they could help speed the transition to renewable energy. Dr. Robert Dubrow, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, "says as countries rebuild, they have an opportunity to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy. And that would help solve another public health crisis: climate change."Source: Yale Climate Connections
Yale climate change study raises health concerns for Connecticut residents
After extensive research Yale public health experts are raising concerns over Connecticut’s changing climate. Results of a recent study reveal that if conditions are left untreated they could result in serious health consequences.Source: WTNH News8
Surge in single-use PPE feeds "toxic" pandemic waste crisis
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic produced millions of articles of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE). Without proper disposal, many items end up in traditional waste streams or dumped in the open. Reusable PPE, Dr. Jodi Sherman notes, may provide a solution.Source: Financial Times
Q&A: Climate Change and Health
Professor Robert Dubrow, M.D., Ph.D., is faculty director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health. The program was established in 2015 to conduct innovative research, create educational programs and train future leaders in the fight to protect public health against changing weather patterns around the world. The link between climate change and human health is clear, Dubrow says, and the consequences will intensify in the coming decades with more heat waves, increased food insecurity, increased water-borne and vector-borne diseases and new conflicts as people compete for scarcer resources. Climate change, Dubrow says, is “one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.”
The Complex Implications of COVID-19 on Global Energy Markets, Consumer Behaviors
The dire longterm effects of COVID-19 on global energy markets could stall important progress in the development of clean energy technologies, including electric vehicles, says Kenneth Gillingham, an associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies