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PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Climate change and health

The editors of PLOS Medicine announce a forthcoming special issue devoted to the health impacts of climate change. Research submissions are now being invited, with a deadline of February 2nd, 2018. Climate change and the impacts

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Is Improving Global Public Health Compatible with Saving the Climate? Exploring the Discourses…

Mari Grepstad and Berit Sofie Hembre The climate change discourse holds that burning of fossil fuels leads to climate change. Therefore, emissions must be reduced in order to avoid climate change. Further, it holds that climate change deteriorates global public health. Acting on climate change is thought to prevent negative health outcomes.

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Re: ‘The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States’

This letter serves to affirm the stance and the evidence presented in the recent article by Squalli, entitled: “The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States”.1 The said paper adds weight to the notion that two of the greatest threats facing contemporary society are climate change and the rise in non-communicable diseases, including obesity.2 Further, this article highlights that individual behaviors and health outcomes can have global consequences.

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How Developing Nations Are Harnessing Green Technologies

By: Julie Potyraj Tamil Nadu is a state on the southern tip of India steeped in history. Its countless fishing villages near the Bay of Read More

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The elimination of the dengue vector, <i>Aedes aegypti</i>, from Brisbane,…

by Brendan J. Trewin, Jonathan M. Darbro, Cassie C

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Apply Now: $500,000 for Your Big Data Innovations in Agriculture

The rapid growth in processing power and global connectivity means we can now quickly collect, share and analyze enormous amounts of data to reveal new ways to reduce hunger and poverty and develop robust responses to climate change, disease, and land degradation challenges. The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture seeks approaches that show the power of big data analytics and digital technologies to push the limits of the possible in research, transform how we do business, and drive impact in four broad challenge areas: Revealing Food Systems Monitoring Pests and Diseases Disrupting Impact Assessment Empowering Data-Driven Farming We are challenging partners, universities, and others to use our data to create incentivized pilot opportunities that scale. We’re looking for novel approaches that democratize these data-driven insights to inform local, national, regional, and global policies on agriculture and food security in real time; helping people – especially smallholder farmers – to lead happier and healthier lives. The Prize Five winning teams will receive $100,000 each to put their ideas into practice. Teams will have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability

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Research into Use: how can Climate Change Researchers have more Impact?

Following on the recent kerfuffle about ‘research impact’ (see original and follow up posts), I spent some time chatting to climate researchers in Cape Town about ‘research into use’ (RiU, basically the same thing). The researchers are part of ASSAR, a consortium (of which Oxfam is a member) working across Africa and India with a big focus (30% of its project weighting) on RiU. Feel …

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Climate change and sugarcane expansion increase Hantavirus infection risk

by Paula Ribeiro Prist, María Uriarte, Katia Fernandes, Jean Paul Metzger Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome (HCPS) is a disease caused by Hantavirus, which is highly virulent for humans. High temperatures and conversion of native vegetation to agriculture, particularly sugarcane cultivation can alter abundance of rodent generalist species that serve as the principal reservoir host for HCPS, but our understanding of the compound effects of land use and climate on HCPS incidence remains limited, particularly in tropical regions. Here we rely on a Bayesian model to fill this research gap and to predict the effects of sugarcane expansion and expected changes in temperature on Hantavirus infection risk in the state of São Paulo, Brazil

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The centrality of social ties to climate migration and mental health

Climate change-related hazards and disasters, known to adversely impact physical and mental health outcomes, are also expected to result in human migration above current levels.

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How will we know if the SDGs are having any impact?

As long time readers of the blog will know, I’ve been a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) sceptic since long before they were even agreed. However, I’ve been hearing a fair amount about them recently – people telling me that governments North and South, companies and city administrations are using them to frame public commitments and planning and reporting against them. So maybe it’s time to …

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There was never a better time for the US to leave global climate talks

Op-ed by Tim Gore, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research of Oxfam’s GROW Campaign Oxfam began campaigning for a global climate agreement in 2007. We have sent teams to every COP and every single negotiating session ever since. Along with many partners and allies, we have held stunts, published papers, generated media coverage, lobbied incessantly and mobilised many many thousands of people to push governments …

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APHA releases statement: Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public…

APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin has released a statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 — “President Donald Trump’s decision today to renege on U.S. commitments to fighting climate change and withdraw from the Paris Agreement has disastrous consequences for human health. “The climate accord, which establishes a long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions among more than 190 nations, marks a historic step toward addressing one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

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Is Climate Change to blame for the East African Drought?

An honest attempt to engage with the evidence may seem almost quaint in these angry, post-truth times, but I was impressed by a recent Oxfam media briefing by Tracy Carty on the thorny topic of whether climate change is to blame for the current East African drought. It’s an excellent example of the balancing act advocacy organizations have to perform on attribution: start making sweeping …

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Transforming floodplains into farmlands in Zambia

When I met Esther Nyambe, she was dressed in a vibrant swirl of brown, green and violet and was pedaling a water pump. Nyambe heads a community organization in Mbeta Island, where women are taking the lead to improve access to safe water and diversify their income through climate-smart farming. Mbeta Island is surrounded by the Zambezi River and faces increasingly unpredictable floods. Climate change is a reality in this landlocked country where more than half of the population lives in poverty. The island has seen floods that can turn communities into swamps

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