…was released the day after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2018. It is an annual report that outlines climate effects and impacts across a range of sectors. It includes a section on health (section 6), though all climate issues identified in the report (and especially Economy, Water, and Agriculture) are interconnected and arguably only meaningful from the impact on human health and well being.
Friend of the PHN! blog Juanita Constible, Senior Advocate, Climate and Health, Climate and Clean energy program at NRDC, published a blog post recently on adaptation, how it connects to mitigation efforts, and introduces us to adaptation co-benefits. Especially in light of the most recent IPCC report, these blended, urgent approaches are encouraging and essential.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has adopted and published a brief position paper declaring that “climate change presents the single largest threat to global development with the potential to undermine the past 50 years of public health gains.” The paper, which can be read and downloaded here, outlines both mitigation and adaptation strategies for nursing as a profession and individuals.
Disaster-related mortality and morbidity are already difficult to assess and inconsistently measured across the world. In the United States, effects on vulnerable populations are often underreported or under-assessed. (The recent articles challenging the official Hurricane Maria reports of deaths in Puerto Rico are alarming in many dimensions.) We’ve added a new guide to the resource page today, the BMJ Best Practice Guide to Mental Health Response to Disasters and Other Critical Incidents.
The Los Angeles Times ran an article this week titled Climate Change swells ranks of refugees and Trump administration retreats to the sidelines. The 1951 Refugee Convention was signed prior to modern climate science and, as of now, people displaced by environmental changes are not recognized as refugees in international law — though as many as 20 million climate refugees flee storms and drought annually.
Communicating the damage to our climate requires command of the evidence, synthesis of complex information about many systems, and the ability to explain the urgency and immediacy required — if we hope to adapt our lives to what’s occurring. WIRED has a nice guide, and routinely publishes news and great graphics to explain what’s going on.
The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education Knowledge (GCCHE), a collaborative effort made up of around 170 health professional universities, has launched its online “knowledge bank,” with its release timed to be simultaneous with the Global Climate Action Summit. The knowledge bank includes a lengthy range of excellent course materials, learning objectives, slides, online classes/MOOCs, and videos.
The programming agenda is an all-star list of leaders across science, policy, and business. A collection of links, resources, and ideas from the Global Climate and Health Forum, held at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco:
The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, report by US Global Change Research Program, and their Climate Science Special Report (2017), the fourth national climate assessment
The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s non-profit to mobilize climate leaders
COMET-Planner, an evaluation tool by the NCRS for conservation practice planning for GHGs related to farms and ranches.
C40 Divest/Invest Forum launched, a city collaborative to support best practices, knowledge, and tools for divestment