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The links between climate change and human health are increasingly clear. Climate change is already leading to worse health outcomes. The direct impacts of more frequent and more severe heatwaves are felt particularly by the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. The increasing exposure of humans to droughts, floods, wildfires, and infectious diseases, is driving worsening healthcare outcomes across the globe, and putting increasing pressure on public health services. Many of the normal everyday actions we take – driving to school and work, heating our homes, the food we eat – are worsening our health and … worsening climate change.
There seems to be a clear parallel between how we acted like the proverbial ostriches ahead of Covid-19, and how we are acting over climate change.With regards to climate change, there is now consensus on the problem and what we need to do, and plenty of options for “how”. Yet emissions continue to increase year on year; the impacts of climate change become our present rather than our future; and the possibilities of reaching tipping points comes ever closer.
Why are we not making choices that make sense for our health and the health of our planet?
We will explore, using game theory as a useful structure, why at an individual, company, and country level, making the right choices is difficult, and what options we have to provide the right incentives to align economy, health, and the planet.
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About the speaker – Professor Elizabeth Robinson
Elizabeth Robinson is professor of environmental economist at the School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development, at the University of Reading. She has over twenty five years’ experience undertaking research in lower-income countries, including six living in Tanzania and Ghana. Her research addresses the design of policies and institutions to reduce climate change emissions, protect the environment, and improve the livelihoods of resource-dependent communities. Her recent focus includes climate change and systemic risk; and tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health. She has a first class degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University. Before joining the University of Reading she has variously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank, Natural Resources Institute, as a tutorial fellow in economics at the University of Oxford, and was on the Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years. She has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
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