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Targeting the ills of climate change

first_img“We’re talking about the future of the planet and we’re talking about future generations. I truly believe that future generations will look back at us and ask, ‘What were we doing? How could we possibly have made the decisions that we made?’” Schrag said. “The progress in Paris and the progress around the world is extraordinary. But we need a lot more. And unfortunately … a lot of people are going to suffer.”Kerry, Jha, and Schrag spoke at a reception at the Harvard Art Museums. Kerry reflected not just on climate and health, but also on overall progress toward a climate solution, and on the long road he’s traveled since he began working on the issue in Congress in the 1980s.Kerry, who has been credited with helping forge the 2014 climate agreement between the United States and China that set the table for the Paris accord this past December, said that the biggest impact of Paris will likely be the clear signal it sends to global markets.“The success of Paris is that we are sending a 190-plus-nation message to the global marketplace and that we are going to change decision-making — though it is not mandatory — in country after country,” Kerry said.The United States today is ahead of schedule for meeting its 2020 commitment for reducing carbon emissions, Kerry said, and investment behind sustainable energy sources outpaced that for fossil fuels last year. Prices for solar panels have dropped while their efficiency has increased, he added. Should those prices beat those for fossil fuels, he said, the world will have turned an important corner and will see clean energy installation take off.Jha, speaking Friday morning, said the new initiative’s first step will be to convene experts to discuss a specific research agenda and steps toward tackling it.“If we ignore [the problem], nobody will notice for the next five or 10 years, and yet at some point the effects will be so substantial … that if we don’t begin to work on it now we’ll have missed an important window,” Jha said. “And I think this is what universities ought to be doing, thinking about the long run.” Bringing global health home Related After 5 years, institute outlines recent successes, rising challenges that face everyone The effects of climate change almost always have an element that harms human health, whether it’s heat waves, droughts, spreading disease, or other devastating events.That’s why Secretary of State John Kerry stopped at Harvard Thursday to help launch a joint initiative between the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) that he called “important in so many different ways.” The effort is focused on the global health impacts of climate change, which can sometimes be overshadowed by more immediate concerns.By focusing on health and climate change, organizers hope to provide a research-based understanding of the issues involved, to inform both policies and practice in the future. HGHI Director Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health and a professor of medicine, said the spread of Zika is one example. Though the virus has been linked to climate change’s potential to spread disease, a rigorous examination of the evidence is necessary to determine if that’s truly the case, he said.Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been credited with helping forge the 2014 climate agreement between the U.S. and China, spoke with Ashish Jha (left), director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“We have to be scientifically thoughtful about this. If you start making connections where there are none, you will lose credibility,” Jha said. “We have to be thoughtful about … going only where the science and data allow us to go, but that said, the science and data allow us to go much further than I think we have made clear.”That climate change carries health effects is widely accepted. In 2014 the World Health Organization projected that within 15 years there will be as many as 240,000 deaths a year due to climate-related impacts, a number that very well may be an underestimate, according to background information from HGHI.HUCE Director Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and a professor of environmental science and engineering, said it’s reasonable that public health experts focus on solving problems that put lives at risk right now. But climate change is no less an urgent problem, he stressed, even if its threats are mostly long-term.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Recommends No School Sports This Year

first_imgImage by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office / flickr.comHARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is recommending, but not mandating, that there be no school sports in his state for the rest of the year.During a press conference, Wolf said “the recommendation is that we don’t do any sports until January 1st.”“The guidance is that we ought to avoid any congregate settings,” Wolf said. “And that means anything that brings people together is going to help that virus get us and we ought to do everything we can to defeat that virus. So any time we get together for any reason, that’s a problem because it makes it easier for that virus to spread.”The PIAA had previously given schools the go ahead to decide on whether or nor to allow fall sports. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks, says Ishant Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India speedster Ishant Sharma believes his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks for the upcoming edition of the event. The Delhi Capitals boast of a perfect combination of fast and spin bowlers with the likes of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada in their side, according to Ishant.     “Our team has picked up some great bowling options in the squad and with the likes of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada also in the team. I think we have one of the best bowling line-ups this time. We have some very good all-rounders along with great spinners, which shall help us in restricting teams from scoring freely,” Ishant said.Talking about his goals, the Indian pacer said he is eager to take more wickets in the IPL, starting March 23. “I feel there is a huge ambition for me this season. I am very focused on taking more wickets throughout the tournament instead of just bowling well.“Of course, taking wickets depends on how well you bowl, but the most important thing is that you use your good performance by helping the team in taking important wickets,” said the 30-year-old. Ishant, who has taken 58 wickets with an economy of 8.2 in his IPL career, believes that his team has a great blend of pacers and spinners in the squad. Speaking on his return to Delhi, Ishant said he is extremely happy to represent his home city in the IPL.“I have played for different teams in the IPL but it makes me immensely happy to be able to represent Delhi Capitals this season. Being a Delhi boy, it is a great chance for me to represent my home side and my most important target is to make the Capitals win the coveted title,” said the lanky bowler.“It will be crucial for us to start well against Mumbai Indians in their home ground. We know the crowd will be behind them, but our team has enough experience to tackle the pressure and perform against a strong line-up. We are all looking forward to playing our first match of this exciting new season,” Ishant said. last_img read more

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