04/22/16 – Climate Change & Health: Reasons for Concern and Optimism

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Climate change poses many health risks ranging from direct effects from heat waves and air pollution to more indirect threats of  malnutrition, infectious disease and population displacement.  These concerns were voiced at the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, in December 2015, possibly shifting the tide in the way world leaders will confront our global climate crisis.  Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present both health concerns stemming from climate disruption as well as health opportunities that will arise from mitigation policies to address global climate change.

Friday, April 22, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Soto Street Building 1 (SSB) 115/116

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Patz served as Health Co-chaired for the first US National Assessment on Climate Change and a lead author for the UN IPCC for 15 years. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. His awards include: Aldo Leopold Leadership Award (2005), IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize (2007), Millennium Assessment’s Zayed International Prize (2006), UW Romnes Fellow (2009), Fulbright Scholar award (2014) and the American Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Leadership Award (2015). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and two textbooks on health and global environmental change.