If we look at why we need food—that is, for our bodies to receive the nutrients they need to perform at their best—then food security is really about nutrition security. When we look at how climate change affects whether “all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food” we must keep nutrition at the forefront of the conversation.
It’s been a couple hundred years since Dr. Snow plotted cholera deaths on a simple map; one of the earliest examples of data visualization and epidemiology. But using maps, geo-spatial data and geographic information system data is trendier than ever. Think: satellites, drones, smart phones. These powerful technologies offer billions of pixels worth of data that many industries have only just tapped into as a resource.
Terry Greene, Senior Environmental Health Associate at JSI, shares the highlights of her day attending presentations addressing environmental health issues at APHA 2013.
By Stewart Landers
As we recover from Nemo, yet another major storm, I’m reminded of my friend Paul Epstein, who was a pioneer in the science of climate change and health and who passed away in 2011. On Wednesday, February 6, I attended the first Paul R. Epstein Memorial Lecture at Harvard University’s Memorial Church with guest speaker and former Vice-President Al Gore.