The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris is wrapping up, having convened heads of state with the major goal of reaching an agreement to slow global warming. Among these negotiations, 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 will pick up where COP21 left off, taking on the critical piece of health within the climate change conversation.
Barry Levy, Co-editor, Climate Change and Public Health; Former President, American Public Health Association; and Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine
John Spengler, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Aaron Bernstein, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO
Charles Sennott, Founder and Executive Director, The GroundTruth Project