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OSU Webinar to Discuss Public Health Impacts of a Changing Climate

12:00 pm, Fri February 22, 2013 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Climate Change & Public Health”? on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Dr. George Luber, Associate Director for Climate Change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will discuss climate change impacts on health in the United States, potential strategies for climate change adaptation in the public health sector, and potential opportunities to benefit public health while addressing climate change.

The webinar will be held on February 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information — visit changingclimate.osu.edu to sign up. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Dr. Luber will discuss how climate change threatens human health and well-being, through increased extreme weather events, wildfires, decreased air quality, insect-transmitted diseases, food and water contamination, and mental health threats. He will also cover potential opportunities that come with responding to climate change, as many of the strategies used to address climate change impacts also offer other health benefits.

Dr. Luber is an epidemiologist and the Associate Director for Climate Change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In addition to managing the Climate Change Program at CDC, he is a Co-Chair of the Climate Change and Human Health Interagency Workgroup at the US Global Change Research Program, a Convening Lead Author and member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the US National Climate Assessment, a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Fifth Assessment Report.  

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.

Contact

Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8913, dierkes.10@osu.edu

ARTICLE TITLE: OSU Webinar to Discuss Public Health Impacts of a Changing Climate PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Fri February 22, 2013 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Technical Editor, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also helps manage online events like the Global Change, Local Impact climate webinar series.