Climate Change

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for Policy Makers

Global climate change trends indicate that even with mitigation efforts, our planet will continue warming into the next century, leading to more extreme climate conditions and weather events. The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change—sea-level rise affecting coastal cities, changes in precipitation impacting…

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GHC Submits Statements to the Sixty-Eighth World Health Assembly (WHA)

This year, GHC submitted seven statements to the WHA in collaboration with a member organizations. These statements can be found below (corresponding to their agenda items). All submitted statements will be recorded in the WHA’s final record. 11.2 Framework of engagement with non-State actors 14.1 Monitoring the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals 14.2 Health…

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A Deadly Dinner

When people talk about environmental health, they tend to focus on the big, flashy threats – floods, droughts, and toxic waste pollution, to name a few.  But sometimes the most innocent of activities can cause the greatest harm. Exposure to smoke from cooking fires and traditional stoves is one of the world’s biggest killers.  Over…

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Gina McCarthy and the Future of the EPA – What it Means for Global Health

Environmental policy can have a tremendous impact on public health. While the debate rages regarding to what extent, most agree that the environment and public health are inextricably linked. One study discussing the Clean Air Act in the United States found that, in 2010 alone, the act was responsible for avoiding more than 160,000 premature…

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Linking Global Health with the Globe: Environmental Health

Often global health advocacy today is targeted towards very important, but at the same time very specific causes: polio vaccines, infectious diseases, or MDRTB to name a few. But global health is also, importantly, about the bigger picture- it is about the world around us.  Environmental factors like pollution, climate change, and resource overuse have…

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Coming Soon: Globalization and Health’s Special Issue on Climate Change

In 2012, Globalization and Health will publish a new special issue “Climate Change and Global Health: Implications for Human Health and Health Systems.” This new issue will explore the ability of health systems to respond to potential disasters linked to climate change. Climate change contributes to extreme weather conditions and significant changes in precipitation, which in turn…

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Drought & Famine: PReventing History From Repeating Itself

The current drought and famine in East Africa? We saw it coming says International Medical Corps’ Margaret Aguirre.   In the humanitarian world, there are the disasters you see coming, and the ones you don’t. We didn’t foresee the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti … the devastating floods in Pakistan… the earthquake and tsunami in…

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Responding to the Urban Challenge – World Water Day 2011

The observance of World Water Day this year with its spotlight on urban emergencies – such has the one in Haiti The observance of World Water Day this year with its spotlight on urban emergencies, comes at a time when many humanitarian aid and relief organizations are contemplating – in some cases, studying in-depth –…

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Highway to Asthma? New Results from a Study in Lima, Peru

Many people are aware of the traffic-related dangers of major roadways in developing countries. Road traffic injuries are the 11th leading cause of death globally, and 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. However, less is known about the critical link between living near highways and other health outcomes, including respiratory disease.…

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Health & Climate Change: Forging a Paradigm Shift

Jade Sasser, policy advisor for the Public Health Institute, continues to guest blog for Blog4GlobalHealth from the Cancun Climate Summit in Mexico. Her reports can also be seen at Dialogue4Health, the blog of PHI. CANCUN, Mexico — Monday I attended a side event at the COP16 international climate change meetings focusing on human health issues. In a packed room with…

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