The new health project, Global Environmental Change and Human Health, is co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation and will be formerly announced at the ESSP Open Science Conference, Beijing, on Friday 10 November.
To date there has been little formal description and study of the relationships between global environmental change (GEC) and human health, and of the ways in which social institutions and processes modulate those relationships. Ecosystem disruptions, species extinctions, degradation of food-producing systems, the perturbation of cycling of elements and nutrients, and the spread of cities all pose risks to the wellbeing and health of human populations and need further study.
ESSP's new Global Environmental Change and Human Health project aims to:
The scenarios the project produces will form a new, dynamic and integrative node in the developing domain of Earth System Science. They will help focus on policy options that ensure a healthier and more sustainable future.
Co-Chairs of the Health Project are Anthony McMichael with the National Centre of Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and Ulisses Confalonieri with the National School of Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Plenary Session 2
Friday, 10 November, 8:30 to 10:30
Convention Hall 1, Beijing International Convention Cent
Contact: Mary Ann Williams
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research