Aspen New Voices Fellows Discuss National Climate Assessment, Call For Action On Climate Change

PLOS Blogs’s “Public Health Perspectives”: Guest Post: How climate action can save global health
Junaid Nabi, research associate in surgery at Harvard Medical School; Thilmeeza Hussain, former deputy ambassador of the Maldives to the U.N.; Abhilasha Karkey, medical microbiologist at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Kathmandu, Nepal, and all 2018 New Voices fellows at the Aspen Institute, discuss findings from the fourth National Climate Assessment, writing, “Climate change, together with health inequality and infectious diseases, is a major challenge in public health in [South Asia] and around the globe. It is likely to influence mortality and morbidity due to mosquito- and animal-borne diseases, water-borne diseases, flooding, and malnutrition. It is essential to recognize that while the challenge of global warming may seem insurmountable, and the available time to act running out, we still have an opportunity to preserve the beauty and sustainability of our planet” (11/28).