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{Past Event} - Climate Change & Health Care

November 16, 2007 - 3:00 pm - November 16, 2007 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' raised awareness of climate change to the mainstream audience. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO (World Meteorological Organization) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. The report concludes “evidence of a warming trend is ‘unequivocal,’ and that human activity has ‘very likely’ been the driving force in that change over the last 50 years.” This report not only reflects the mounting evidence that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases has played a role in raising the average surface temperature of the earth but has “also added new momentum to a debate that now seems centered less over whether humans are warming the planet, but instead over what to do about it.” The time is now for health care to get into action to do their collective part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pull your team together, register for this call and join us on Nov 16. This call is co-presented by Green Guide for Health Care, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and the Collaborative for Health and the Environment.


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Points To Include

  • The History of how we understand climate
  • Latest science on climate
  • Climate change impacts around the world, current and projected with an emphasis on impacts on human health
  • Large scale plans for combatting change
  • Industry Planning – where are the leverage points?
  • Climate change and its impact on pediatric health


Bill McKibben, Middlebury College
Telephone: (802) 443 – 3489
Environmentalist Bill McKibben is a scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of “The End of Nature” (1989), the first book for a general audience about global warming. Recent books include “Enough” (2004), which critiques human genetic engineering and other rapidly advancing technologies; “Wandering Home” (2005), which catalogs his foot-travels across the Vermont landscape; and “Age of Missing Information” (2006), in which he compares his experience watching 1700 hours of videotaped TV to that of contemplating nature in the Adirondacks. Bill’s latest book is, “Fight Global Warming Now The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community.”

Katherine M. Shea MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor, Maternal and Child Health
Telephone: 919-933 2699
Katherine M. Shea is a board certified pediatrician and board eligible in preventive medicine with specialty training in environmental health. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and on the Adjunct Faculty of Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Shea is a technical consultant and scientific editor for World Health Organization and the Intergovernmental Forum for Chemical Safety, and works part time at North Carolina State University Student Health Service as a staff physician. She has served as medical consultant to Physicians for Social Responsibility National Office, was a member of the Climate Change Taskforce convened by Environmental Defense, and a volunteer with her local public school system’s School Health Advisory Committee. Currently she is vice president and member of the board of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit public interest organization which engages in research and public education on issues and policies related to safe food, family farm agriculture and preservation of natural resources with a special interest in pesticides. Dr. Shea is also actively involved in children’s environmental health policy development with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Pediatric Society. In June 2007, Dr. Shea began work with the Institute for the Environment at UNC Chapel Hill as a project director, working on outreach to the NC healthcare community around responding to health threats from climate change.

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