This Yale Daily News article features Yale leaders at the Global Climate Action Summit. Participants included Yale experts in nursing, planetary health, and the creators of Yale’s innovative carbon pricing scheme.
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
The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) publishes a full slate of content-rich news stories on planetary health, with a good focus on vulnerable populations and the health impacts of climate change. Their latest story, Climate change puts heat on public health, outlines the environmental injustice associated with heat, projected changes in heat stress as the world becomes increasingly urban (60% of people will live in cities by 2030), wildfires, and newly enabled heat vectors of infectious diseases like West Nile Virus in California.
EcoHealth Alliance was featured in a late June article in The Telegraph on their work to help catalog the genomic information of the 1.67 million viruses carried by animals and birds, of which it's estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 have the potential to transition to humans. As climate changes stress animal habitats, food sources, or bring human and animals closer in novel ways, this risk increases. Read the article or see the Global Virome Project website.
Health Care Without Harm, longtime leader in helping us understand the connections between climate change and health, is helping rally pledges from health care organizations to We Are Still In, in advance of the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit. If you lead or work within a health care organization, consider adding your voice and commitment to the Paris Agreement, joining with the 19 systems who've already signed, representing nearly $170 billion revenue enterprise across 39 states.
What Design Can Do (WDCD) is a "platform for the advancement of design as a tool for social change." Last year, they hosted a year-long design competition to identify and support innovative solutions to combat the impacts of climate change. A huge range of projects were submitted and profiled, including some of our favorites: Vertical University, Twenty, and Just Add Sea and Sun. If you've got your own design idea that needs development, incubation, and launch assistance... WDCD is starting the second round of the Climate Challenge in September 2018.
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change, by Nathaniel Rich (with incredible photography and video by George Steinmetz) is comprehensive, moving, smart. It's an important piece of journalism that tells the in-depth story of what and how scientists and elected leaders (as well as fossil fuel companies) knew about climate change, what changes they considered, and why it did not occur.
Global news reports tell a troubling and, at this point, predictable story: it's hot, records are being set around the globe, and the effects on human life and health are serious. Wired UK has a nice article on the effects of extreme heat on the body, including discussion on how public health officials in England have created plans to prepare for heatwaves.