Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Center's Mission

Paul Epstein co-founded the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. In this video, he describes its mission to educate students, the public, professionals and law makers about health and the climate change. He touches on the center's five major areas of research: infectious disease, heat waves, respiratory disease, winter weather and (the thing that keeps him up at night) pests and pathogens.

Extreme Heat

Dr. Paul Epstein describes how heat waves are becoming increasingly lethal, citing the heat wave of 2003 that killed 50,000 people in Europe and melted 10% of the Alps. Heat waves and drought devastate crops and threaten the stability of food prices worldwide.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wild Winter Weather

Dr. Paul Epstein describes how warming oceans cause wetter, heavier snow and extreme winter weather conditions.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Dr. Paul Epstein describes how increasingly intense rainfall and rising oceans cause disastrous flooding in the United States, Australia,and Bangladesh.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oceans: the Engine of Climate Change

In his approachable and lucid way, Dr. Paul Epstein explains how oceans drive climate change, and how human activity endangers oceans, a message made all the more urgent in light of a study published November 28, 2012 showing that oceans are rising 60% faster than had been projected.

Africa to Algal Blooms

Dr. Paul Epstein describes how a cholera epidemic in Peru catalyzed his pioneering research into health to climate change.