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Dec 18 2009

Scientists speak in podcast on the health benefits of tackling climate change

Posted by: Paul Chinnock

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A podcast from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine features interviews with Andy Haines, Paul Wilkinson, James Woodcock and Alan Dangour from the School, and Anil Markandya from the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Bilbao, Spain. All of the researchers contributed to the recent special issue of the Lancet which examined the consequences to human health of mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

In the interview the researchers argue that large positive effects on human health are possible over the next few decades if we choose the right strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 18 2009

Development of R&D capacity of the South needed to hold back rise of infectious diseases due to climate change

Posted by: Paul Chinnock

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Zambian microbiologist George Kasali argues that developing countries must invest in their own research to tackle the increase in infectious diseases that will result from climate change.

In an article on SciDev.Net, he focuses on vector-borne infections, saying that the “top priority” in the fight against these diseases is the development of R&D capacity in developing countries. George Kasali’s view is that, “…it is wrong for the governments of developing counties to relinquish their own R&D responsibilities in favour of research driven by donor organisations”.

Climate change will also have a major impact on water-borne infections.