Dr. Patrick L. Kinney, professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of the school’s Program on Climate and Health, was selected by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the third New York City Panel on Climate Change. The independent body advises the city on climate risks and resiliency. Dr. Kinney was a member of the second New York City panel on climate change and recently took part in President Obama’s Summit meeting on climate and health held in July.
“New York City has been a global leader in the way it has incorporated policy-relevant science on climate change into its planning,” said Dr. Kinney. “I’m delighted to continue contributing toward this effort and help break new ground in urban climate change science, one of our most critical challenges.”
Dr. Kinney launched the Program on Climate and Health at the Mailman School in 2008, the first program of its kind at a public health school. As its director, he has led pioneering work on research issues that are at the intersection of global environmental change, air pollution, human health, and policy, including projections on future health impacts related to heat waves in the New York City metropolitan area. In a new research initiative, Dr. Kinney is working with clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to understand how past and future climate may affect pollen-related allergic airway diseases.
The third panel, to build on previous reports by the New York City Panel on Climate Change, looks at climate risks through the lens of inequality at a neighborhood scale, and will also focus on ways to enhance coordination of mitigation and resiliency across the entire New York metropolitan region. This includes regional climate projections focusing on extreme events.