January 08, 2019
Jonathan Patz Interviewed on WPR - Why Climate Change Is A Major Public Health Issue
Climate change has major consequences for public health. According to the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Report, air pollution causes approximately 7 million premature deaths per year. Our guest was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for over a decade. Dr. Patz explains the connection between climate change and human health.MORE »
December 20, 2018
Congratulations to the newest Ph.D. in SAGE and EAP - Dr. David Abel!
David's thesis is entitled "Understanding Linkages between the Power Sector, Air Quality, and Human Health" and his advisor is Dr. Tracey Holloway.
December 11, 2018
David Abel PhD Defense
December 06, 2018
NASA Extends Support for HAQAST
Tracey Holloway will lead the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, NASA's investment in leveraging satellite data for air quality monitoring, through 2020.
More details from the NASA Health and Air Quality Applications Team, HAQ “Special Edition” Newsletter (Dec 2018):
“The NASA The NASA Applied Sciences Program, after consultation with NASA Earth Science Division leadership, has decided to extend the period of performance of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) by one additional year through Summer 2020. This decision was made in recognition of the outstanding work of HAQAST over the past two years, through expanding the environmental health and airquality management community and increasing the use of NASA data and tools for societal benefit.
Led by Tracey Holloway (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), HAQAST includes a group of thirteen air quality and public health scientists, representing public and private research universities, as well as federal agencies from across the country. The current portfolio focuses on several important issues related to US air quality and environmental health, including the continuing eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii and summer and fall wildfires in California. Additionally, HAQAST Tiger Teams were funded in 2017 and 2018 as short-term, high-impact collaborative effort between HAQAST members and public stakeholders to identify and solve critical health and air quality problems using NASA data and products.
This additional year of service will allow HAQAST to continue addressing these environmental health and air quality needs, along with other quick-turnaround, high priority projects, and will permit further cutting edge applications for societal benefit.”
December 05, 2018
Seth Spawn to Present and Defend his M.S. Thesis
“Carbon Emissions from Cropland Expansion in the United States”
2pm, Friday, Dec 7, 1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
December 03, 2018
Recipients of the Air Quality Research Award Announced
Congratulations to Matilyn Bindl and Mandankui (Tao-ma) Tao who received the first-ever SAGE Undergraduate Air Quality Research Award!MORE »
November 30, 2018
Patz Opinion Piece Published in BMJ
"The urgency of curbing fossil fuel consumption is abundantly clear if we hope to avoid catastrophic disruption of the earth’s climate system. At the same time, accelerating rates of chronic disease are inextricably linked to our use of fossil fuels to generate power and for transportation. Reducing our use of fossil fuels will lead to a healthier, flourishing society. And this change just might be the greatest health advance in our lifetimes."MORE »
November 17, 2018
Prof. Jonathan Patz Spoke at the Wisconsin Union Directorate Social Justice Series
Dr. Patz discussed the effect climate change will have on global health and the environment.
By examining temperature rise, sea level rise and hydrological extremes, the effects on human health can be predicted, Patz said. And because the effects of climate change will fall on certain groups disproportionately — namely the world’s disadvantaged and marginalized — it’s also an issue of social justice.
Air pollution, vector-borne disease, water-borne disease, water resources, food supplies, mental health and environmental refugees are all impacted by the changing climate, he explained.