UCLA School of Public Health to host summit on climate change Oct. 17

Advisory for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17 WHAT: Even the most optimistic scenarios suggest that global warming will significantly alter the world we live in over the coming decades. Weather-related events like extreme heat, increased precipitation, tornadoes and hurricanes could increase rates of water- and food-born illness, animal-transmitted diseases, illnesses caused by air pollution, and heat-related morbidity. The UCLA School of Public Health will host a summit to discuss the potential effects that changes in the Earth's climate could have on people's health and daily life and the steps the public health community can take now to prepare. The summit will also explore practices that might mitigate climate change and improve overall health. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board will discuss California's new carbon emission regulations, which are designed to counter the effects of climate change. WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 17 Media availability: 12:45–1:15 p.m. Panel discussion: 1:30–5 p.m.WHERE: UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute building on the UCLA campus, 570 Westwood Plaza (Building 14) WHO: Summit participants will include: Sen. Barbara Boxer (previously recorded message) Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board J.R. DeShazo, associate professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs Dr. Hilary Godwin, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences Dr. Tord Kjellstrom, professor at the National Institute of Public Health in Stockholm Dr. Jonathan Patz, associate professor of environmental studies and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health Dr. Gina Solomon, senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council's health and environment program Dr. Nathan Wolfe, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health CONTACT: Sarah Anderson, UCLA School of Public Health, (310) 267-0440, [email protected]