Planetary Health: The Interdependence of Human and Natural Systems

It is no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. As the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health states: “The continuing degradation of natural systems threatens to reverse the health gains seen over the last century… We have mortgaged the health of future generations to realize economic and development gains in the present.” Do we have the scientific knowledge and political will to approach these systems differently?

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: Environment

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Fisheries and fish stocks around the world risk dangerous depletion, but in the past 15 years, a surprising narrative... See more
Scarcity — across the West and elsewhere increasingly — the issue about water is whether there is enough of it. Some... See more
From the first appliance efficiency standards in the 1970s to path-breaking greenhouse gas reductions today — with... See more
The auto industry is in the midst of a revolution -- what powers cars, what keeps them safe, even the idea of what a... See more
According to UN estimates, some 800 million people are chronically undernourished. As the world’s population multiplies... See more

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