The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is hosting two upcoming events with Dr. Kristie Ebi:
The Health Risks of a Changing Climate
Climate change is already starting to have far-reaching consequences for human health and these risks will grow in the coming decades. The choices we make now will impact how vulnerable we are to these health risks. Climate variability and change can affect the morbidity and mortality of any health outcome sensitive to weather or climate; decreased water availability and agricultural productivity could affect undernutrition, while changing weather patterns and sea level rise may alter the geographic range, seasonality, and incidence of some infectious diseases, such as malaria. These risks are not independent, but will interact in complex ways with risks in other sectors. Policies and programs must consider climate change if they aim to facilitate resilient and sustainable societies.
When: 7:30-9:30 pm, Wednesday February 1st
Where: Bob Wright Centre, Room A104 UVic, Victoria , BC
Implications of Future Development Pathways for the Risks of Climate Change
The risks of climate change are a combination of the hazards associated with changes in weather and climate, the extent to which natural and human systems are exposed to these hazards, and vulnerability to these exposures. The sensitivity and coping capacity of exposed systems determine their vulnerability. Development choices alter exposure, sensitivity, and capacity, how these choices interact, and their short- and longer-term consequences. Therefore, considering development pathways is vital when projecting the risks of climate change. The Shared Socioeconomic Pathways describe five visions of future development, ranging from a world aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to a world characterized by regional blocks of extreme poverty and pockets of moderate wealth. Each scenario will be discussed.
When: 12:00-1:30pm, Thursday February 2nd
Where: Room 002, University House 1, UVic Victoria, BC
Register – this is a free event but space is limited. Please register to reserve your seat. Lunch will be provided.
Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for twenty years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others.