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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Annual Science Symposium: From Sea to Changing Sea

September 23, 2016

This symposium will focus on important new research on the changing nature of the world’s oceans and the questions that arise from that change. Beginning with a study of new data relating to the formation of oceans and the origins of early life, the program will then examine how oceans continue to change over climate epochs, as ice sheets form and melt and ocean temperatures change.

 Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change

September 13, 2016

One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worry about most.  

Upcoming Conferences Focusing on Environment and Health

August 31, 2016

Several upcoming conferences have announced that they will be focusing on the linkages between environment and human health. 

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is hosting the 17th National Conference and Global Forum for Science, Policy, and the Environment January 24-26th, 2017 in Washington, DC. The title is “Integrating Environment and Health”.

Health at the Sub-catchment Scale: Typhoid and Its Environmental Determinants in Central Division, Fiji

August 31, 2016

The impact of environmental change on transmission patterns of waterborne enteric diseases is a major public health concern. This study concerns the burden and spatial nature of enteric fever, attributable to Salmonella Typhi infection in the Central Division, Republic of Fiji at a sub-catchment scale over 30-months (2013–2015). Quantitative spatial analysis suggested relationships between environmental conditions of sub-catchments and incidence and recurrence of typhoid fever.

Global Health's Grand Challenge: A Healthy Planet and Healthy People

August 23, 2016

We are living in a golden era of improvements to human health. Our average life expectancy globally has increased from 47 years in the 1950s to 69 years in 2010; maternal death rates, under-5 mortality, and poverty rates have plummeted. However, this has come at a great cost, one we are only beginning to appreciate. The price for these improvements has been the destruction of Earth's life-support systems. We have mortgaged the health of our planet to pay for our needs and wants.