A Call to Copenhagen – Health Effects
of Climate Change
Major Study Unveiled, Evaluates Strategies to Reduce Green House Gas Emissions
||Members of the press are invited to the unveiling
and policy discussion of a major international study on the
Public Health Impacts of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
being published in Lancet, just in time for the upcoming
United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
one of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the
event which will feature speakers from around the world gathered
in Washington, DC and at the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine participating via live video conferencing.
||Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30
||National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20045
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Keynote Perspectives – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human
Services, U.K. Secretary of State for Health, WHO Director-General (invited)
9:00 a.m. The Study Findings – Researchers will present their findings
examining the potential health impacts of alternative strategies for reducing
10:00 a.m. Public Health Policy – A panel of prominent policy leaders
will discuss the implications of the research, and consider ways to encourage
technological and behavioral change to reduce greenhouse gases and to improve
11:30 a.m. Questions and Answers – Panel members will take questions from
12:30 p.m. Adjourn
||Please register for this event at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/climatechange.
In the first major study of its type, an international team of researchers has
investigated the implications of several climate change strategies now being
considered by governments throughout the world.
Case studies examined in this research focus on four key sectors that produce
greenhouse gases: power generation, transport, household energy, and food and
agriculture. The results of these findings will be published as six (6) research
papers in the Lancet on November 25, 2009.
The research team was headed by Professor Andy Haines of the London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and includes scientists from the United Kingdom,
the United States of America, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, India and the World
Health Organization (WHO).
Some questions addressed by the study include: Would a move to renewable sources
of power be better if it improved public health as well as reducing green house
gas emissions? What could be the health impacts of encouraging people to cycle
rather than take the car? Could changing the use of biomass fuel stoves in developing
countries have an impact on maternal health as well as greenhouse emissions?
Climate change threatens the health of millions of people worldwide. In December
2009, the UN Climate Change Conference will meet in Copenhagen to discuss a global
agreement to address climate change by effectively reducing greenhouse emissions.
Study funders: The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
U.K. Department of Health, U.K. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR),
U.K. Economic and Social Research Council, Royal College of Physicians, Wellcome
Trust, and the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences.
Breakfast for this event will be provided by the United Nations Foundation.
The NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human
health and is part of the NIH. For more information on environmental health topics,
visit our website at http://www.niehs.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
On November 3, 2009, at the request of the institute, the sentence
in paragraph two in the background section was changed to "The results
of these findings will be published as six (6) research papers in
the Lancet on November 25, 2009."