The Climate Crisis as a Health Crisis: Disease, Disasters, and a Path to Resilience

Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Faculty House, Skyline Level (4th Floor)

Columbia Climate Center,


Event Description:
Speaker: Dan Ferber, award-winning journalist and author

The Earth Institute's Columbia Climate Center presents "The Climate Crisis as a Health Crisis: Disease, Disasters, and a Path to Resilience," with Dan Ferber, award-winning journalist and co-author of Changing Planet, Changing Health.


Open to the Public. Registration is required.


Following the talk, copies of Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It by Paul R. Epstein, MD, and Dan Ferber with foreword by Jeffrey Sachs will be available for purchase and signing.


About Dan Ferber

In the dozen years since award-winning journalist Dan Ferber launched his career, he has specialized in putting a human face on groundbreaking stories on science, technology, health and the environment. As a contributing correspondent for Science and a contributor to national magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Popular Science and Audubon, he’s covered topics from malaria to cancer, from air-pollution to coral reefs, from fire modeling to wetland conservation. His work on Changing Planet, Changing Health helped him tie such threads together and grasp the fundamental interconnections human health, healthy ecosystems, and a livable climate. Ferber holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Duke, a Ph.D. in biology from Johns Hopkins University and a masters in journalism from the University of Illinois. For more information, see


About Changing Planet, Changing Health

Climate change is now doing far more harm than marooning polar bears on melting chunks of ice—it is damaging the health of people around the world. Brilliantly connecting stories of real people with cutting-edge scientific and medical information, Changing Planet, Changing Health brings us to places like Mozambique, Honduras, and the United States for an eye-opening on-the-ground investigation of how climate change is altering patterns of disease. Written by a physician and world expert on climate and health and an award-winning science journalist, the book reveals the surprising links between global warming and cholera, malaria, lyme disease, asthma, and other health threats. In clear, accessible language, it also discusses topics including Climategate, cap-and-trade proposals, and the relationship between free markets and the climate crisis. Most importantly, Changing Planet, Changing Health delivers a suite of innovative solutions for shaping a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century.


Advance Praise for Changing Planet, Changing Health

If ever there was a book that ought to be on everybody’s reading bucket list this is it. But read it now rather than later since health and global environment expert Epstein and award-winning science journalist Ferber believe there is still, albeit limited, time to begin mitigating the effects of human actions on the changing climate.

—Booklist (starred review)

Changing Planet, Changing Health is a landmark book that will raise our consciousness about how we should respond to a growing emergency and save lives.

—Al Gore

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