Making it pay by simple addition: win-win solutions for health and the environment

Dr Kris Murray, Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology Our planet is ill. Ongoing loss and endangerment of species, degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and their services, and manmade changes to the global climate are dramatic symptoms of a major decline in the planet’s environmental health. In glaring contrast, human health has improved, in some cases radically. Decreases in malnutrition, mortality due to infectious diseases … Continue reading Making it pay by simple addition: win-win solutions for health and the environment

Hard Evidence: will climate change affect the spread of tropical diseases?

By Paul Parham, Honorary Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Many tropical diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other carriers known as vectors. These vector-borne diseases continue to have a major impact on human health in the developing world: each year, more than a billion people become infected and around a million people die. In addition, around … Continue reading Hard Evidence: will climate change affect the spread of tropical diseases?

The global health benefits of tackling climate change

by Professor Paolo Vineis and Pauline Scheelbeek, School of Public Health It is sometimes claimed that addressing climate change with proper policies is too expensive and could lead to a further decline in the economy. However, the co-benefits of implementation of climate change mitigation strategies for the health sector are usually overlooked. The synergy between policies for climate change mitigation in sectors such as energy use … Continue reading The global health benefits of tackling climate change