Global Hot Spots: How Might Solving the Global Climate Crisis be the Health Cure of the Century?

GHI Director Jonathan Patz, a global climate and health expert, brings together disciplines from across campus and the world to improve health for all. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)








The global climate crisis poses large risks to public health through many exposure pathways — from heat waves and air pollution to malnutrition, infectious diseases, and social dislocation. At the same time, confronting the cause of climate change — reducing greenhouse gas emissions — offers large benefits to health, especially by reducing chronic diseases. How we produce our energy and food, and how we transport ourselves in cities will determine our human health in this century, and the evidence thus far shows that a low-carbon society may represent the largest public-health opportunity of our times.

Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute and John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, co-chaired the health-expert panel of the first Congressionally mandated U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For 14 years, Patz was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient, with Al Gore, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Questions? Contact Teri Grein ’16 at or 608-308-5157.