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Climate Change at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

We cannot solve the greatest health challenges of the 21st century by working in isolation. Instead, we must unite the skills and expertise of many disciplines and professions. 

That is why we are pleased to showcase the critical work the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is doing to tackle issues related to climate change that impact our ability to live long, healthy lives. 

Taking the temperature of climate change (June 2015)

Coal burning, road dust most toxic air particles (May 2014)

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition (May 2014)

Smog or jobs? HSPH Forum panel debates Obama decision to forgo tightening ozone standards (September 2011)

Eating sustainably for health and the environment (July 2016)

Global fishery declines linked to malnutrition threat (June 2016)

A call to action on food systems and climate change (September 2015)

Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops and pollinators could harm health of millions (July 2015)

More exposure to vegetation linked with lower mortality rates in women (April 2016)

Unhealthy environment blamed for quarter of deaths worldwide (March 2016)

Deforestation leading to spikes in infectious diseases (February 2016)

Harvard University, Wildlife Conservation Society launch new ‘Planetary Health Alliance’ with support from The Rockefeller Foundation (December 2015)

Heat waves and cold snaps linked to death rate spikes (July 2015)

A genomics strategy for managing ecosystems (July 2014)

Ecosystem alteration linked to human health risks (November 2013)

Solar-powered cooker helps reduce toxic indoor air pollution (August 2013)

Heat waves tied to climate change could increase urban fatalities (May 2011)

California’s Unconventional Energy-Water Nexus (August 2016)

Most U.S. counties could gain $1m in annual health benefits from a power plant carbon standard (June 2016)

Hydroelectric energy could increase harmful pollutant in Arctic (September 2015)

Renewable energy projects can improve health (August 2015)

Clean air and health benefits of clean power plan hinge on key policy decisions (May 2015)

A pivotal moment in push for sustainable development (April 2015)

Power plant standards could save thousands of U.S. lives every year (September 2014)

Strong carbon emission standards for power plants would improve air quality (May 2014)

From pond to pump (Winter 2011)

A new agenda for the planet’s health (September 2015)

Slum socio-ecology: an exploratory characterisation of vulnerability to climate-change related disasters in the urban context (July 2015)

Climate Change and Displacement: Addressing Protection Gaps (June 2015)

Harvard plans for ‘a more sustainable future’ (October 2014)

Climate change could increase number of undernourished women and children by 20 percent (June 2012)

Three from Harvard Chan receive climate change solutions grants (March 2016)

Climate change expanding range of Zika-carrying mosquito (February 2016)

Health care providers can help communicate climate change consequences (December 2015)

Climate change altering migration of disease-carrying bugs (December 2015)

 

Faculty and Researchers

Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz, M.Eng, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health and Exposure Disparities, Department of Environmental Health
Program Leader, Healthy Cities

gadamkie@hsph.harvard.edu

Dr. Joseph G. Allen, D.Sc., M.P.H
Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Environmental Health
Director, Healthy Buildings Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment
jgallen@hsph.harvard.edu
617-384-8475

Dr. Aaron Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Physician in Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Joseph Brain, Sc.D.
Professor of Environmental Physiology, Department of Environmental Health

Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, M.S., Sc.D.
Program Leader, Climate, Energy and Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment

Dr. David Christiani, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Professor of Environmental Genetics, Department of Environmental Health
Director, Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health
Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Douglas Dockery, Sc.D., M.S.
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health
Director, Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health
ddockery@hsph.harvard.edu

Dr. Francesca Dominici, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor, Biostatistic
Senior Associate Dean of Research, Department of Biostatistics
Dr. John Godleski, M.D.
Professor, Department of Environmental Health
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Diane Finegold, M.D., D.T.M.&H., M.P.H. Gold
Professor, Department of Environmental Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Christopher Golden, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Jaime Hart, M.S., Sc.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Practice of Public Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Petros Koutrakis, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Environmental Health
Director, EPA/Harvard University Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects

Dr. Francine Laden, M.S., Sc.D.
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health
francine.laden@channing.harvard.edu

Dr. Alex Lu, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Samuel Myers, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Edward Nardell, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health & Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Dr. Srinath Reddy, M.D., D.M.
Co-Leader, India Group
Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health, Department of Epidemiology
Dr. Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Environmental Health & Epidemiology

Dr. Jack D Spengler, Ph.D., M.S.
Director and Program Director, Nature, Environment, and the Built Environment, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Akira Yamaguichi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation
spengler@hsph.harvard.edu

 
Dr. Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Antonella Zanobetti, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health