PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Guest:  Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Director, UW Global Health Institute

It is the politics of climate change that is unsettled – not the science, says Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH who is an expert on global health and the impact climate change is having on it.  In addition to Director of the UW Global Health Institute, Professor Patz served as co-chair of the Health Report for the first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change in 2000 and has been a lead author for 15 years on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

On this program, Dr. Patz talks about the specifics of the growing threat climate change is having on public health:  the impact of rising temperatures, air pollution which is causing the death of 7 million people every year, insect-born diseases and the rise of the zika virus, and water sources and food supplies which have put 850 million people at risk for malnutrition – a number that will continue to grow.

Jonathan Patz also shares his views on what the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will mean.