Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Vanos (School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Arizona State University) The human body deals with a range of atmospheric stressors that are exacerbated in urban areas, including extreme heat and air pollution. Children gain a large percentage of their activity at school or within playgrounds, and in general, spend more time outdoors than adults often at times of peak heat and air pollution. A range of health ailments may arise from overexposures to these ambient factors,... View Article
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The ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI) are joining forces to host this half day symposium to tackle the current climate and health crisis. Led by Professor Sharon Friel (Director, RegNet), the symposium will bring together experts from academia, civil society and government, with a focus on public health, climate science, regulatory governance, and public policy. The symposium will include a Radio National Big Ideas panel discussion hosted by Paul Barclay, and will conclude with a launch... View Article
Overall, the inaugural Australian Countdown finds that Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives. In a number of respects, Australia has gone backwards and now lags behind other high income countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. Examples include the persistence of a very high carbon-intensive energy system in Australia, and a slow transition to renewables and low-carbon electricity generation.
A focus on building resilience in health and health infrastructure is needed to deal with the future effects of extreme events – both due to climate change and climate variability.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes' Heatwave Research Program is holding a full day meeting to explore current research and the future direction of the program.
This research project will examine the influence of anthropogenic climate change on health impacts of Australians. It will involve defining and becoming familiar with several high-impact heatwaves in the observed climatological record, and determining who is most vulnerable and from which diseases.