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Population, Health, and Urbanization

April 30, 2009 // 11:30am12:30pm

Public Health and Environment

Biodiversity hotspots contain over 1.5 billion people, 20 percent of people and 12 percent of land area in the world. Populations living in hotspots are also young and as they reach reproductive age their behavior decides the future of the earth, says Leona D'Agnes. Studies in Nepal and the Philippines show that working directly with these people has significant social and environmental results.

A quarter of the global disease burden can be attributed to environment and health dynamics, including unsafe water and unsanitary disposal and indoor air pollution. Climate change is making vector borne diseases less predictable. D'Agnes predicts more ocean borne diseases in the coming years similar to the 1997 cholera outbreak, which traveled from Bangladesh to Peru in algae. Thus, new aid strategies must take cross disciplinary PHE strategies into account on all projects.

Urbanization

Asia is the front runner in urbanization globally. So far, urban planning and management have been a gross failure, resulting in rapid urban growth without institutional or infrastructure capacity. Asian cities are now profoundly affecting climate, with 24 percent of global urban CO2 emissions come from Chinese urban energy use, which is 85 percent of total energy related CO2 emissions of China. Urban issues—including global and local environmental problems, as well as urban poverty—must be addressed in a holistic way and the focus needs to be on demand dampening through education.

 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Global Carbon Project & National Institute for Environmental Studies
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    Experts & Staff

    • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
    • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
    • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
    • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
    • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
    • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
    • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar

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