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Climate Change and Health: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium



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As one of the largest economic sectors globally, health care represents nearly 10% of GDP spending across O.E.C.D. countries. This significant activity produces an estimated 5-10% of global greenhouse gases, presenting opportunities to directly reduce this impact through changes to energy supply, waste, purchasing, and care models. Equally important, health care has a special interest in addressing climate change. Across the globe, human health is negatively impacted by the ramifications of climate change, such as heat, storms, flood, and fires. The health care sector must provide leadership on this critical issue to protect and improve the health of its patients.

What should the role of the health care sector be when it comes to climate change policies and advocacy? Dr. Aaron Bernstein and Anand Bhopal discuss the opportunities and challenges.

Speakers and Presenters

Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center

Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director, The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE); pediatrician, Boston Children’s Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Anand Bhopal, Takemi Fellow, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Bergen

Moderator: Alicia Ely Yamin, Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow in Global Health and Rights, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and  Adjunct Senior Lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health


They are organized by the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Support provided by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.

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