Highlighting recent research, opportunities, and news from the planetary health community.
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With the Planetary Health Annual Meeting only a couple weeks away, we are busy sorting final details and eagerly looking forward to an exciting few days focused on some of the most urgent challenges of our time. If you haven't already done so, please register now! Speakers include Impossible Foods President Dennis Woodside, Dr. Vikram Patel, Nainoa Thompson and Rebecca Shaw. The application for the Speaker Ambassador Program formally closed last week, but if students are still interested in participating, they can read more and send in a late application here. We are also looking forward to connecting with PHA members in a special meeting on September 4; representatives of member institutions can RSVP through this form. For those unable to make it to the conference in person, we welcome you to host a watch party to engage your local community! More details can be found here. In other news, we are thrilled to announce an upcoming webinar co-organized with Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Center for the Study of World Religions. This October, join us for a discussion with faith leaders and health professionals focused on the moral imperatives of taking action on planetary health. Speakers will discuss how we can safeguard our health and promote social justice by mobilizing communities to take environmental action. This month, we have also been developing public-facing materials for the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative along with a solutions-focused section of our website, which we are eager to workshop with partners and share with the broader community shortly. Finally, we are thrilled to welcome Max Rose Zimberg as the newest member of the PHA team! Max comes to us from her native New York City where she graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Sustainable Development and formerly worked on food policy and plant-based nutrition initiatives at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams.
  • Register for the 2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting. Registration is filling fast!  Check out our website for the latest agenda updates.
  • RSVP! The PHA Members Meeting at the 2019 Annual Meeting will be on September 4, 2019. We will be discussing some important proposed changes to the PHA's governance structure. RSVP here
  • Sign up for the upcoming October 3 webinar, "The moral imperative to improve planetary health through climate solutions," which will bring together health professionals and climate leaders to discuss community mobilization around planetary health challenges.
  • Host watch party to virtually participate in the Planetary Health Annual Meeting and engage your local community. Sign up here
This section highlights some of the latest literature relevant to planetary health research and policy, tagged by thematic area. Read more in our bibliography.
Fires, Smoke Exposure, and Public Health: An Integrative Framework to Maximize Health Benefits From Peatland Restoration: Marlier et al. (2019) estimate that exposure to air pollution from Indonesian fires causes 36,000 yearly excess deaths. The authors developed an online tool to help with designing and assessing peatland restoration  and other land management strategies.
Human Health as a Motivator for Climate Change Mitigation: Results from Four European High-Income Countries: Amelung et al. (2019) suggest that providing direct information on individual health co-benefits may motivate households to adopt climate mitigation actions, reducing both the individual's carbon footprint and also improving public acceptance and adherence. 
Global Environmental Change. 
IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems: The 2019 IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land highlights the need for immediate action across industries while stressing the importance of including all voices and strengthening indigenous rights in order to combat deforestation and promote productive and sustainable lands. 
IPCC Special Report. 
Climate Change and Overfishing Increase Neurotoxicant in Marine Predators: Schartup et al. (2019) analyzed 30 years of data and ecosystem modeling to show that warming oceans and overfishing have led to a rise in levels of methylmercury, a harmful neurotoxicant, in popular predatory fish, including cod, Atlantic bluefin tuna and swordfish.
Association Between Plant-Based Dietary Patterns and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Qian et al. (2019) apply a systematic review and meta-analysis of over 307,099 participants with 23,544 cases of incident type 2 diabetes to suggest that following a plant-based diet with high adherence is protective against type 2 diabetes risk. Following a healthy plant-based diet is shown to be even more protective. 
JAMA Internal Medicine.
[Review] Soil Biota, Antimicrobial Resistance and Planetary Health: Zhu et al. (2019) examine the sources and dynamics of antimicrobial resistance in soils and track the movement of antimicrobial-resistance genes between environmental compartments, including soil, water, food and air, to illustrate the impact of soil microbiomes on human health and wellbeing.
Environment International. 
[Review] A World of Cobenefits: Solving the Global Nitrogen Challenge: Houlton et al. (2019) reflect on the 21st century imperatives for nitrogen-centric policy changes, highlighting the associated co-benefits of reducing global hunger, mitigating climate change, improving soil, water and air quality, and conserving biodiversity.
[Perspective] Persecuting, Protecting or Ignoring Biodiversity Under Climate Change: Scheffers and Pecl (2019) argue for increasing transboundary monitoring and management of species along with globally binding and biologically defensible legal contracts, in order to ensure comprehensive biodiversity protection and thus protect food security, economic development, and human wellbeing. 
Nature Climate Change. 
2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting: The Planetary Health Alliance and Stanford University are organizing the third Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Palo Alto, California. The conference's overarching objective is to catalyze efforts towards resolving the great planetary health crises of our time. The conference will aim to strengthen the scientific case for planetary health framing; learn from efforts to solve planetary health problems – both failures and successes; and convene stakeholders from academia, the private sector, civil society, and government to support catalytic conversations to address these crises. 
Hosted by: the Planetary Health Alliance, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 
September 4-6, 2019. Palo Alto, CA. United States.

Register here. 

The Moral Imperative to Improve Planetary Health Through Climate Solutions: This October 3, on the heels of New York City's Climate Week and the Season of Creation, Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, the Planetary Health Alliance, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Harvard Divinity School are hosting a discussion with faith leaders and health professionals focused on the moral imperatives of taking action on planetary health. Speakers will discuss how we can safeguard our health and promote social justice by mobilizing communities to take environmental action. This webinar will provide a setting for faith leaders to learn about these challenges and their direct health impacts and moral implications, as well as dialogue with health professionals about advancing change. 
October 3, 2019, 1:00 PM, EST.
Register here. 

European Healthcare Climate Summit: This is an opportunity to come together with other sustainable healthcare leaders to share your experiences of tackling climate change in the European healthcare sector. Learn about proven solutions and opportunities for the sector to achieve measurable GHG reductions, gain inspiration from your peers to help enhance your own organisation’s response to climate change and contribute to the development of Climate-smart Healthcare in Europe by becoming part of our growing network.
September 11, 2019. London, United Kingdom.
Register here.

World One Health Congress: The congress will gather One Health researchers, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, commercial partners, and postgraduates in 2020 and will see three days of intense programme, including five parallel tracks on ‘One Health science', on ‘Antimicrobial agents and resistance’ and on 'Science Policy Interface.' Special attention will go to public health security and the discussion about how international public health action can build a safer future for humans, animals and the environment. Call for abstracts is now open.

June 14-18, 2020. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Learn more. 
One Health Fellowship Fund: The World One Health Congress actively encourages the careers of promising researchers. The One Health Platform therefore established a One Health Fellowship Fund to provide fellowships to young scientists, with special attention for promising scientists from resource- challenged countries. The fellowship will provide young One Health advocates with a unique opportunity to interact with world experts, gain further insights into their fields of interest, and get inspired with new ideas and possibilities. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Learn more. 

Rockefeller Foundation-Director of Science, Food Initiative: The Director will contribute to the development and execution of a multi-year initiative to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. The Director will work under the direction of a Managing Director to identify and understand key scientific issues, global trends, challenges, and opportunities in the global food system. This will require working with the Food team and other staff—as well as a broader community of grantees, experts, and partners—to develop the strategy and ensure our work reflects the latest scientific knowledge. Learn more.

Cascadia Consulting-Climate Change Consultant: Cascadia is currently seeking a Climate Change Consultant to manage, lead, and expand our climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency projects in California and beyond. Cascadia Consulting Group is a women-owned, private environmental consulting firm that develops and implements innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Learn more.

Oceans Conservancy-Director, Climate Program: The Director will shape and lead Ocean Conservancy’s growing Climate program.  A critical component of the Director’s responsibilities will include formulating high impact policy initiatives and creating advocacy strategies to effectively integrate the ocean into actionable climate agendas, and to increase Ocean Conservancy’s institutional footprint in the climate policy world. Learn more.

"Climate Change is Sapping Nutrients from Our Food — and It Could Become a Global Crisis": In an op-ed in the Washington Post, PHA Director Dr. Sam Myers writes about the threats to nutrition, reflecting on the latest IPCC report and the need for government action. Read here.

"Plastics of People: At Least 1 of Them Has to Change to Clean Up Our Mess": NPR reports on the global plastic crisis, highlighting the urgent need for either behavioral or material change in order to combat the problems of plastic pollutionRead here.

"Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems": The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium presents preliminary pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems prepared by 18 country teams from developed and developing countries. Learn more. 

"The Manifesto to Secure a Healthy Planet for All – A Call for Emergency Action": The InterAction Council manifesto's aim is to secure a healthy planet for the wellbeing of future generations for all, by placing the health of the planet at the heart of decision making and establishing emergency response mechanisms at global, national and community levels. 
Read here. 

"Climate Emergency Podcast": In a new podcast series, Suno India covers the social impacts of environmental issues across India, highlighting and celebrating the climate champions across communities. Listen here

"Impossible Foods and Regenerative Grazers Face Off in a Carbon Farming Dust-Up": Civil Eats compares recent Life Cycle Assessments of regenerative grazing and plant-based substitutes for meats to assess the differing environmental impacts and mitigation opportunities. Read here.

"2 Degrees Beyond the Limit: Extreme Climate Change has Arrived in America": An interactive analysis by the Washington Post highlights the uneven distribution of warming in the United States and stresses the currently present impacts of climate change. Read here
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