Åpent foredrag: Klimaendringer - hvordan skal vi møte globale helseutfordringer?
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Tord Kjellstrom. Foto: ANU
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Den 23. august får vi besøk av professor Tord Kjellstrom, som samarbeider med forskere blant annet i Medisinsk klinikk ved UiO/OUS og ved Cicero.
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«Global health equity challenges from climate change related heat and air pollution»
Excessive environmental heat as well as air pollution can cause serious, and deadly, health effects, while on a much wider scale in affected populations less clinically severe, but still incapacitating, health effects occur. Estimating these impacts on a quantified manner is difficult as routine health data bases do not include all health effects, and the social impacts are not always considered. DAWYs (W standing for Work) may need to be a new aspect of DALYs.
Our analysis of these wider health and social impacts using climate change related heat as a key health hazard shows the global distribution skewed towards low and middle income countries in tropical areas, which will undermine health equity. Analysis of current and future air pollution effects would show the same distribution (continuing air pollution linked to lack of climate change mitigation).
The estimates are tentative and further research on these issues is of great importance for global health.
About Tord Kjellstrom
Professor Kjellstrom has more than 40 years’ experience as an environmental and occupational health scientist, primarily as an academic, but also as international civil servant and independent consultant.
He started his academic work for 4 years at the Karolinska Institute with epidemiological studies of heavy metal poisoning in Japan. After that he became a university senior lecturer and later professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, for 15 years, he served 8 years as epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva) followed by 4 years as Director of Global and Integrated Environmental Health in the same office.
He also worked for some years part-time at the Australian National University and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, in addition to consultancy projects for government agencies in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Sweden and for WHO, ILO, IOM, and UNDP.
His research work has produced more than 400 published reports covering heavy metal poisoning, asbestos cancer, air pollution, road traffic injuries, urbanisation and globalisation. His current research focuses on direct health and social effects of heat exposure in relation to climate change.