The February 16 Climate & Health Meeting in Atlanta brought together more than 350 scientists and public health professionals to explore the science of climate change, the consequences to public health and possible solutions. Video of the day’s sessions is available online.
“Scientists have been warning us for many years that tropical diseases, extreme weather and risks to our global food system caused by the climate crisis are posing ever more dire threats to human health,” Gore wrote in a blog post for the Climate Reality Project that he founded. “The need for science and health professionals to explore and discuss the impact the climate crisis is having on global health should not be a political issue. The time to act is now.”
Gore and the American Public Health Association organized the meeting that was co-hosted by the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. GHI Director Jonathan Patz led a morning panel on the state of climate change science. He has called climate change the most important environmental public health challenge of our time. His team is working to quantify health benefits of climate policy and offer solutions that will benefit human health and the planet.