Fall 2016: Climate Change and Human Health
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Overview: Under the auspices of the newly formed University of Colorado Consortium on Climate Change and Health (UC4Health), we will explore connections between climate change and human health by reading and discussing peer–reviewed literature on this transdisciplinary subject. We will read a selection of recent papers from five categories of climate/health connections listed below. This fall, the Colorado School of Public Health (SPH) is also offering a new Masters of Public Health (MPH) course on the same subject; interactions and collaborative activities between the two classes are planned. Over the course of the semester, we will also hear from leading researchers across the Boulder and Anschutz campuses. We will push ourselves to read, listen and think well outside of our disciplinary comfort zones.
- Heat related problems (heat wave mortality and dehydration/CKD)
- Bacterial infections (Vibrio)
- Air quality related problems (PM and ozone)
- Vector–borne diseases (Malaria)
- Psychologically driven health consequences (violent crime)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Also open to interested postdocs.
Credit: Graduate: one credit; may be repeated. Undergraduate: up to three credits (as ATOC 4900).
Meetings: Mondays, 2:00–3:00 PM, SEEC N232. No class 9/5, 9/19, 9/26, or 11/21.
Textbook: None. See reading list below.
Grading: 100% of the student grade will be based on effort and active participation.
Oct. 17 Dr. Colleen Reed CU Boulder Air quality, wildfires
Oct. 24 Dr. Rosemary Rochford CU SoM/CO SPH Malaria
Oct. 31 Dr. Kathy James CU SoM/CO SPH Access to clean drinking water
Nov. 7 Dr. Elizabeth Carlton CO SPH Diarrheal diseases
Nov. 14 Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan CU Boulder Meningitis in West Africa
Nov. 28 Dr. Richard Johnson CU SoM Chronic kidney disease
[0a] The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program (2016)—Executive Summary
[0b] Human Health: Impacts, Adaptation, and Co-Benefits, IPCC AR5 WG2 Ch. 11 (2014)—Executive Summary and sections 11.1.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4.1, 11.4.3, 11.5, 11.6.2, 11.8, 11.1
[1a] Attributing human mortality during extreme heat waves to anthropogenic climate change, Environmental Research Letters (2016)
[1b] Climate Change and the Emergent Epidemic of CKD from Heat Stress in Rural Communities: The Case for Heat Stress Nephropathy, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2016)
 Climate influence on Vibrio and associated human diseases during the past half-century in the coastal North Atlantic, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016)
[3a] Occurrence and persistence of future atmospheric stagnation events, Nature Climate Change (2014)
[3b] Particulate air pollution from wildfires in the Western US under climate change, Climatic Change (2016)
 Altitudinal Changes in Malaria Incidence in Highlands of Ethiopia and Colombia, Science (2014)
 Crime, weather, and climate change, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2014)
Additional papers and resources
Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice, Wiley (2015)
Heat Stress Nephropathy From Exercise-Induced Uric Acid Crystalluria: A Perspective on Mesoamerican Nephropathy, American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2016)
CKD in Central America: A Hot Issue, American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2012)
Climate change, workplace heat exposure, and occupational health and productivity in Central America, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (2011)
Future Freshwater Stress for Island Populations, Nature Climate Change (2016)
Human contribution to the European heatwave of 2003, Nature (2004)
Dramatically increasing chance of extremely hot summers since the 2003 European heatwave, Nature Climate Change (2015)
El Niño and climate change—contributing factors in the dispersal of Zika virus in the Americas? The Lancet (2016)
Dengue Vector Dynamics (Aedes aegypti) Influenced by Climate and Social Factors in Ecuador: Implications for Targeted Control, PLoS One (2013)
Spatiotemporal clustering, climate periodicity, and social-ecological risk factors for dengue during an outbreak in Machala, Ecuador, in 2010, BMC Infectious Diseases (2014)
Warming increases the risk of civil war in Africa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2009)
North Atlantic salinity as a predictor of Sahel rainfall, Science Advances (2016)