Patz discusses health benefits of addressing climate change

March 11, 2015

Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison and a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health, spent the first months of his 2014-2015 sabbatical in Geneva as a visiting faculty chair at the University of Geneva, faculty fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and visiting intern at the World Health Organization.

He gave the semester-opening address, “Climate Change and Health,” at the University of Geneva in February. The lecture explores how implementing measures against global warming could have positive, concrete consequences for public health. Listen to the lecture here in English or French.

Patz has emerged as a world authority on climate change and health and is a leading voice in promoting the co-benefits for health that come with climate change mitigation, from improved air quality to active transportation such as biking or walking.

As lead author of “Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health,” published in September 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Patz brought international attention to the immediate health dangers of climate change and the opportunities presented in climate mitigation. The co-authors included Tracey Holloway from the Nelson Institute and Daniel Vimont from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

He is co-editor and an author of a new textbook on climate change and health due out this summer from Oxford University Press. His MOOC, “Climate Change Policy and Public Health,” will be available in November.

Source: UW-Madison Global Health Institute

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