Defining research, education, and policy in the field of Climatology Medicine
The greatest global health threat of the 21st century is upon us. The health effects of anthropogenic climate change are more obvious than ever and are accelerating at an ominous pace. Global warming will now continue under all future scenarios, and the impact upon human well-being will be significant and pervasive.
For the past few years climate change has dominated the news—2015 was the warmest year in the history of weather record keeping and 2016 is hotter still. The atmospheric carbon dioxide level has exceeded anything measured in the past 1.2 million years. The largest and most powerful storms ever recorded have occurred in the past three years. These drastic changes to our ecosystems will undermine healthy living; exacerbate chronic illness and stress socioeconomic determinants of health— all directly contributing to increased morbidity and mortality.
We at the University of Colorado are mobilizing the breadth of talent across our four campuses to assess these health impacts, to educate both the public and policymakers, and to advance meaningful solutions to benefit the health of our communities.
We are physicians, environmental scientists, biomedical researchers, and public health practitioners.
We are mothers, fathers, children, neighbors, friends, and colleagues.
We are leaders in the emerging and multifaceted field of Climatology Medicine— advancing science and forging strategies to ensure that future generations will have a safe environment and stable climate to thrive.