Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene – University of Copenhagen

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Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene

Humanity is having pervasive and increasingly dominant effects on natural systems worldwide leading many scientists to conclude that we live in the Anthropocene epoch. Environmental trends include large-scale changes to climate, freshwater availability and quality, land use, marine ecosystems and biodiversity loss. Professor Andy Haines will discuss the findings of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health, which has documented how these environmental trends pose major challenges to sustaining health advances of recent decades. He will outline how such trends and their drivers can affect a range of health outcomes such as non-communicable diseases, water-related and vector-borne diseases. Furthermore he will explore the health effects of increased frequency and intensity of extreme events, such as floods, droughts, and heat waves, and the impacts of environmental change on food security and undernutrition.   Andy Haines is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. He was Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years until October 2010.He was a family doctor in inner London for many years and formerly Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL. His international experience includes working in Jamaica, Nepal, Canada and the USA.

Steffen Loft, head of the Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen, Professor, DMSc, is the moderator for this lecture.

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