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BUSPH Researchers on Health Benefits of Clean Transportation

In a recently published article, Environmental Health post-doc Matthew Raifman and professors Patrick Kinney and Jonathan Levy found increased benefits in investing in clean transportation infrastructure through higher rates of physical activity. Raifman says, "Our study suggests that if all the states joined TCI and collectively invested at least $100 million in active mobility infrastructure and public transit, the program could save hundreds of lives per year from increased physical activity. These benefits are larger than the estimated air quality and climate benefits for the TCI scenarios, highlighting the importance of leveraging investments in sustainable active mobility to improve health". 

Read the SPH highlight here or the full paper here.

Amelia Wesselink and Greg Wellenius Guest Editors of PPE Special Issue

Members of the Program and Climate and Health, Amelia Wesselink and Greg Wellenius, are guest editors for a special issue of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology focusing on the effects of climate change on reproductive, perinatal or pediatric health outcomes. The special issue is set to be published in the fall of 2021 and are accepting applications through the end of March.

More information can be found here.

Models predict climate change responsible for thousands of additional deaths by 2095

Image by Mollivan Jon, CC BY-NC 2.0

Patrick Kinney weighs in on two climate model predictions on increased deaths due to increases in small particulate matter and ozone levels. Kinney highlights the importance of mitigations efforts moving forward saying, "we will need to do even more to reduce air pollution-attributed health impacts even further while also addressing the looming climate crisis".

Read the full article at the link below.

https://www.healio.com/news/primary-care/20210108/models-predict-climate-change-responsible-for-thousands-of-additional-deaths-by-2095

Climate Change and a ‘Host of Mental Health Outcomes’

Research by post-doc Amruta Nori-Sarma is highlighted in SPH Today as part of the SPH45 initiative. Nori-Sarma mentions the necessity to recognize the health effects of climate change in the present, not just as a problem of the future: “the conversation has shifted away from the theoretical ‘what will happen in 20 to 50 years,’ to ‘how can we effectively communicate how people can protect themselves during more extreme and more frequent events right now.’” Check out the link below for the whole article. 

https://www.bu.edu/sph/news/articles/2020/climate-change-and-a-host-of-mental-health-outcomes/

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic requires and unprecedented communal effort. The same is true for climate change.

Greg Wellenius and Kate Weinberger highlight the health inequities associated with climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic in their recent AcademyHealth blog post. Deeply rooted health disparities from structural and systemic disadvantages are exacerbated by climate change and COVID-19 and "it is important to be hopeful about our future and recognize that these are challenges we can solve by working together towards a common goal." Read the full blog post at the link below:

https://academyhealth.org/blog/2020-10/addressing-covid-19-pandemic-requires-unprecedented-communal-effort-same-true-climate-change