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Community Read Series: Climate Change Vulnerability
October 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Climate Change Vulnerability
T. Andrew Dodds, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Climate change is a significant threat to health and health equity. This discussion series will focus on two reports: The 2018 Lancet Countdown Report and The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment.
The Lancet Countdown was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. It tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement.
The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment focuses on the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future with focus on: temperature-related death and illness; air quality impacts; extreme events; vector-borne diseases; water-related illness; food safety, nutrition, and distribution; mental health and well-being, and populations of concern.
Please attend whichever session or sessions work with your schedule. You do not have to participate in all sessions to participate in some sessions.
The first five sessions in this series will address: air quality; mental health and well-being including eco-anxiety; climate change vulnerability; populations of concern; and public policy/solutions.
The final three sessions of this discussion will feature systemic action being taken at the University of Utah, in Utah, in the US, and internationally to address how climate changes health and health equity.