Explorer Lecture: Dr. Madeleine Thomson

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Friday November 16

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7:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

Protecting Health in a Changing Climate: Opportunities for Action presented by Dr. Madeleine Thomson.

2017 was a catastrophic year weather-wise across the world. At the beginning of the year Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record followed by a killer summer heat wave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California. The Atlantic hurricane season resulted in three catastrophic category 5 hurricanes making landfall in Puerto Rico, and the southern USA – resulting in significant casualties and over $260 billion in losses. At the same time, the 2017 Asian monsoon season resulted in devastating floods in parts of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh (one of the most flood vulnerable countries in the world), causing more than 1,000 deaths. 2018 has a similar tale to tell with blistering heatwaves in Japan and devastating wildfires in Greece and California. The climate crisis has arrived and public health officials must learn to deal with it today even as they try and green the health sector to reduce carbon emissions. In this talk Madeleine Thomson will discuss climate change from a health decision-makers perspective in resource poor settings – what should they know in order to understand the climate better and reduce current and future climate related health risks? Her book, written with climate scientist Simon Mason (Climate Information for Public Health Action, 2019, Routlege) demystifies climate science for epidemiologists, researchers and health practitioners and provides a practical basis for managing climate risks to health from disease, disasters and malnutrition. 

Doors open at 5:30 PM for the Explorer reception which includes complimentary appetizers and a cash bar accompanied by live music. 

Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 PM

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