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Convergence on Climate Change and Health

NIEHS supports a series of workshops in Canada, Singapore and India to raise awareness and build capacity for the health implications of climate change.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has drawn on the growing body of worldwide evidence to state with very high confidence that climate change contributes to the global burden of disease and premature deaths. It has further concluded that adaptive capacity needs to be improved everywhere and that adverse health impacts will be greatest in low-income countries and among vulnerable groups in all countries. Increasingly, health ministries and other public and private organizations concerned with human health recognize why they must play an important role in adapting to and mitigating climate change.

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GEH Podcasts

A Global Network to Advance Children’s Health (2-part series)

Children around the world face serious health consequences from harmful environmental exposures. The Children’s Environmental Health Collaborating Centres Network is a global collaboration among research institutions with a focus on reducing this important health burden. NIEHS is involved in this network as part of the Institute’s role as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. In this podcast series, we explore how the network helps to advance research and interventions to improve children’s health around the world.

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Science Spotlight

Improved Air Quality During Beijing Olympics Linked to Higher Birth Weights

Beijing during 2008 Olympics

Short-term decreases in air pollution late in pregnancy are associated with higher birth weight, according to an NIEHS-funded collaborative study that focused on Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Chinese government implemented policies to reduce air pollution for about 47 days during the Olympics, providing an opportunity for a natural experiment to evaluate how changes in air pollution during certain pregnancy windows could affect birthweight.

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Training & Capacity Building

Voices from the Field: Air Pollution Research in Mexico City

Overhead of Mexico City

Once declared the world’s most polluted city, Mexico City no longer holds that distinction. Over the past two decades, the city has made tremendous progress fighting air pollution. That does not mean that the fight is over. US researchers have worked closely with their Mexican counterparts to address this issue. Allan Just, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY, is one such researcher. In this edition of the Voices from the Field, he shares his experience of conducting air pollution research in Mexico City, Mexico.

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GEH Extras

NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge
Climate change is likely to alter the risks posed by environmental exposures in ways that are just beginning to be explored. NIEHS invites you to help decision makers around the country understand and address climate change’s effects on environmental health risks by joining the Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge (#climatechallengeNIEHS). By creating data visualization tools and maps that connect current science on climate change to the exposure pathways for environmental hazards, innovators can help identify areas and people at greatest risk and help to prioritize protective actions.

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Clean Cooking 2015

Accra, Ghana
November 10-13

21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Paris, France
November 30-December 11

Global Health Mini-University

Washington, D.C.
March 4, 2016

Global Health and Innovation Conference

New Haven, Connecticut
April 16-17, 2016

7th Annual CUGH Conference: Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health

San Francisco, California
April 9-11, 2016

International Conference on Environmental and Occupational Health 2016

Putrajaya, Malaysia
April 11-13, 2016