Climate Risks, Health Risks

As climate change increasingly becomes a fact of daily life, the health hazards of rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, water and food shortages, respiratory and vector-borne diseases, and temperature extremes are coming into sharper focus. Military leaders are warning that climate change could result in a refugee crisis of “unimaginable scale,” and some experts believe that a direct line can already be drawn to geopolitical events, such as the Syrian war and the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Understanding the health consequences of these events, and especially their cumulative impact, is a crucial step toward action.

Speakers: Robert Wright
Festival: Spotlight Health 2017

Watch and Listen: Environment

What is the role of design in addressing climate change and social fragmentation? Landscape architect Kate Orff of... See more
Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria — not to mention the floods, wildfires, and storms that put 2017 on the... See more
As US special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, Todd Stern helped cobble together a consensus among... See more
Population growth, shifting agricultural practices, and altered weather patterns are weighing on the food supply, a... See more
Last year, the US was besieged by catastrophic natural disasters that included three major hurricanes as well as... See more
For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has pushed the boundaries of science by engaging the average... See more

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