PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES: CLIMATE CHANGE: TURNING UP THE HEAT ON OUR HEALTH
We all know that climate change is damaging our planet – but what about us? Our hearts, lungs and other vital organs are damaged by air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, and climate change worsens this effect. Vulnerable people, including the elderly, are at risk from extreme heatwaves like the one we saw in 2017 – and climate science predicts that these events will happen more often in future as the world warms.
In this lecture, Environmental Economist Elizabeth Robinson brings together stories and observations with hard data to show the impact of climate change on human health over time. Building on her involvement in The Lancet Countdown, which tracks the positive health benefits of the world’s efforts to reduce climate change, she makes a powerful argument for keeping climate change in check – not just for the planet’s sake, but for the sake of our health.
Elizabeth Robinson is Professor of Environmental Economics at the School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development at the University of Reading.
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