Daily Archives: April 21, 2016

Climate Change: Health and Disease Threats | The Forum at HSPH

Harvard University

Published on Dec 17, 2015

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris has produced a landmark agreement to slow global warming. Among the conference’s discussions, though, the health impacts of climate change have featured less prominently on the agenda than other concerns. Yet, droughts, floods, heat waves, and air pollution related to climate change produce rippling effects that impact food production, infectious disease spread, chronic illnesses, and more. Dwindling resources force people to leave their homes and abandon traditional lifestyles, creating populations on the move with serious health impacts. In this Forum, public health and policy experts picked up where COP21 left off, taking on the critical piece of health within the climate change conversation.

Presented December 16, 2015 in Collaboration with The GroundTruth Project. Part of The Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.

Watch the entire series from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at www.ForumHSPH.org.

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Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Published on Apr 29, 2015

On Earth Day 2015, Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, two of the world’s leading experts on economics and the environment, joined in conversation about the intersection of climate change and inequality.

Presented on April 22, 2015, by GC Public Programs. Cosponsored by the Luxembourg Income Study Center, the Advanced Research Collaborative, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

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Presidential Panel on Climate Change

Harvard University

Published on Apr 16, 2015

Experts from the worlds of science, government, economics, business, and history gather in Sanders Theatre for a wide-ranging panel discussion on how society in general and universities in particular can best confront the perils posed by climate change.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Sanders Theatre

Charlie Rose
Host and Executive Producer, Charlie Rose, PBS
Co-anchor, CBS This Morning

Joseph Aldy
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Christopher Field
Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford University

Rebecca Henderson
McArthur University Professor, Harvard University

John Holdren
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, The White House

Richard Newell
Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Duke University

Naomi Oreskes
Professor of the History of Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Schrag
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Kids versus Fossil Fuels: A Chat with a Teenage Activist – Scientific American

Nelson Kanuk, Kelsey Juliana, and John Thiebes. Credit: Sam Beebe/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Scientific American spoke with Kelsey Juliana, one of the 21 kids who are suing the U.S. government over climate change

By Jennifer Hackett on April 15, 2016

A group of 21 climate-conscious kids is suing the U.S. government over global warming, accusing the defendants of endangering the young plaintiffs’ lives, liberty and property via the extensive use of fossil fuels. They are backed by the environmental advocacy group Our Children’s Trust, which has supported similar lawsuits in other states, but this is the first time such an action has come this far, after a federal judge ruled that they have constitutional grounds to press their case.

The government and three fossil fuel industry trade associations had filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the U.S. has no duty to protect natural resources at the federal level and that the public trust doctrine—a foundational principle of many environmental and natural resource laws—only applies on the state level. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled on April 8 that the government is subject to the doctrine, and that as trustee of the nation’s resources it must protect them.

Columbia University climate scientist James Hansen, a prominent researcher-turned-activist whose 1988 congressional testimony on climate change helped bring the issue into the national spotlight, is the only plaintiff on the case over 19 years of age. Hanson, who is 75, first became involved with Our Children’s Trust in 2010, when the organization asked him to help file a case against the government by contributing the scientific basis for the lawsuit. That case made it to district court level in the District of Columbia but was ultimately dismissed for not making the constitutional basis for the case clear enough. “This time we have got it right, and I am confident that we will win,” Hansen says.

Kelsey Juliana—at 19 the oldest of the “youth plaintiffs,” as they describe themselves—has already spent much of her life in environmental activism.* She has participated in the Great March for Climate Action as well as the 2014 People’s Climate March held in New York City and has been a longtime advocate for climate change awareness in Oregon. Now a student at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., she is majoring in environmental studies, focusing on environmental education and policy while continuing her work with Our Children’s Trust and other environmental activism groups.

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Surveilling the Scientists


Published on Apr 21, 2016

Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Lamar Smith is accusing scientists of falsifying key evidence of a warming planet, even as global temperatures spike to frightening new highs.

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The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children

Z – Health Documentaries

Published on Sep 16, 2014

An award winning documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn.
The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations.
It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children.
Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq.

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Invisible War – Depleted Uranium and the politics of radiation

Martin Meissonnier

Published on Oct 1, 2012

A film by Martin Meissonnier produced by Roger Trilling

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