About This Course
In the last 130 years, the world has warmed by approximately 0.85°C. Each of the last 3 decades has been successively warmer than any preceding decade since. Over the last 50 years, human activities – particularly the burning of fossil fuels – have released sufficient quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to trap additional heat in the lower atmosphere and affect the global climate. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting and precipitation patterns are changing. Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent.
A changing climate impacts our health and wellbeing. Widespread scientific consensus exists that the world’s climate is changing. Some changes that could negatively affect health include more variable weather patterns, heat waves, heavy precipitation events, flooding, droughts, more intense storms, sea level rise, and air pollution. Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Measuring the health effects from climate change can only be very approximate. Nevertheless, taking into account only a subset of the possible health impacts, and assuming continued economic growth and health progress, concluded that climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050; 38,000 due to heat exposure in elderly people, 48,000 due to diarrhea, 60,000 due to malaria, and 95,000 due to childhood undernutrition.
The course Climate and Health will be presented over a 4 week period with each consecutive week focusing on the following modules:
Participants can expect recorded presentations, live and interactive seminars and reading resources as the course content with discussions boards, case studies and seminar presentations for the assessment.
- Climate and Health
- Health and Disease
- Policies and Practices towards Climate and Health
- Ethical Considerations of Climate and Health
Gerardo Sanchez Martinez
Senior Advisor, UNEP
Gerardo’s work focuses on the assessment of social, health and economic impacts of climate change, as well as on tracking the implementation and effectiveness of adaptation policy and activities. In particular, Gerardo specializes on the assessment and prevention of direct health and socioeconomic impacts of extreme weather events, including heat waves, in urban settings.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain), and a Master of Public Health from Boston University (USA) through a Fulbright Scholarship.!
Lead Assessor, UNFCCC
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Advisor for Climate Change and Health, PAHO
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Head, Climate Change Transparency and Accountability, UNEP
Miriam is an environmental economist with a PhD in Energy Planning. She has 22 years experience in the field of sustainable development that includes research, elegant leadership, strategic planning and project management. Her work covers research and policy advice on energy, development and climate change interactions. Her expertise includes mitigation policy analysis, institutional development, market and economic instruments and capacity building in the area of low carbon development and climate change mitigation.