Programs: Science and Policy
Climate Change: Health & Policy Implications
-- Lunch Briefing --
Monday, November 16
12:00 – 1:30 PM
188 Senate Russell Office Building
Throughout the world, the prevalence of some diseases and other threats to human health depend on the local climate. In the United States, climate change poses a set of unique challenges to our public health. The recently released report of the U.S. Global Change Research Program projects a likely increase in the prevalence of infectious and water-borne pathogens and disease, as well as greater air pollution that makes populations more vulnerable to disease. An increase in extreme weather, such as heat waves, is also projected for the U.S., which would mean more natural disaster-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Join our panel of experts to learn about these and other health impacts of climate change and for a discussion about what we can do to respond, adapt, and reduce our vulnerability.
This lunch briefing is being sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. UCAR, a consortium of 75 universities that conduct research in the atmospheric sciences, manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. UCAR's role in supporting and complementing the work of academia includes research, service, support, and education programs.