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Overview of week 1

In this video Professor Andy Haines will give a brief overview of some of the topics we have covered in week one. This summary is part of a longer lecture by Professor Haines. It is optional to listen to the full lecture.

Below are links to some of the papers Professor references in his full lecture:

Environmental heat stress on maternal physiology and fetal blood flow in pregnant subsistence farmers in The Gambia, west Africa: an observational cohort study Ana Bonell et al. December 2022

The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change A. M. Vicedo-Cabrera. May 2021

Projecting the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in a warmer and more populated world: a multi-model, multi-scenario intercomparison modelling study Felipe J Colón-González. July 2021

Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: a global survey Hickman et al. December 2021

The effects on public health of climate change adaptation responses: a systematic review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries Pauline F D Scheelbeek et al. July 2021

Natural Climate Solutions Griscom et al. September 2017

Social tipping dynamics for stabilizing Earth’s climate by 2050 Otto et al. January 2020

Professor Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and was formerly a primary care physician and Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL.

  • He developed an interest in climate change and health in the 1990’s and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the 2nd and 3rd assessment exercises and review editor for the health chapter in the 5th assessment.
  • He was Director (formerly Dean) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 2001- October 2010. He chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report, the Rockefeller /Lancet Commission on Planetary Health (2014-15) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council working group on climate change and health (2018-19).
  • He currently co-chairs the InterAcademy Partnership (140 science academies worldwide) working group on climate change and health and is also co-chairing the Lancet Pathfinder Commission on health in the zero-carbon economy.
  • He has published many papers on topics such as the effects of environmental change on health and the health co-benefits of low carbon policies. His current research focuses on climate change mitigation, sustainable healthy food systems and complex urban systems for sustainability.
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