Highlighting recent research, opportunities, and news from the planetary health community.
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News and updates from the PHA:
  • Apply for the Freelance Case Study Writer position with the Planetary Health Alliance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 15.
  • Register for the 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 29-31, 2018, with satellite sessions June 1. Early bird rates are available until March 9. 
  • Apply to host a side session at the Annual Meeting by February 28.
  • Join the Planetary Health Book Club. Each month, we'll choose a book and discuss it on the Planetary Health Online Community. Share your book suggestions with the hashtag #bookclub. If your suggestion is chosen, you'll take charge of leading the discussion. This month's book is The Biology of Civilisation: Understanding Human Culture as a Force in Nature by Stephen Boyden. 
  • Read our latest blog post by Member Engagement and Outreach Manager, Erika Veidis on beach plastic.
This section highlights some of the latest literature relevant to planetary health research and policy, tagged by thematic area. Read more in our bibliography.
Environmental determinants of malaria transmission around the Koka Reservoir in Ethiopia: Endo and Eltahir (2018) examine the environmental mechanisms of malaria transmission around the Koka Resevoir, finding that changes in shoreline locations drives malaria transmission dynamics. Read more. 
[changes in land use and land cover] [infectious disease]
Moving in the Anthropocene: global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements: Tucker et al. (2018) examine GPS locations for more than 50 species and find that human activity is decreasing animal roaming ranges, altering nutrient cycles and disease transmission. Read more.
[infectious disease] [biodiversity loss] [changes in land use and land cover]
Addressing pollution-related global environmental health burdens: Filippelli and Taylor (2018) argue that new approaches must be developed to provide the necessary tools low- and middle-income countries need to address pollution exposure. Read more. 
[pollution] [physical health]
Climate change could drive marine food web collapse through altered trophic flows and cyanobacterial proliferation
Ullah et al. (2018) conclude that warming and acidification can constrain productivity to the bottom of the marine food web, potentially leading to food chain collapse. Read more.
[food systems] [nutrition] [biodiversity loss] [climate change]
Plastic waste associated with disease on coral reefs: Lamb et al. (2018) find that the likelihood of disease in coral reefs increases from 4% to 89% when in contact with plastic, placing fisheries and reefs in serious peril. Read more. 
[pollution] [food systems] [nutrition] [biodiversity loss]
Patterns of urban housing shape dengue distribution in Singapore at neighborhood and country scales: Seidahmed et al. (2018) find that different residential housing types in Singapore influences the distribution of dengue incidence in neighborhood and country scales. Read more.
[urbanization] [infectious disease]  
[Commentary] Operationalising planetary health as a game-changing paradigm: health impact assessments are keyOsofsky and Pongsiri (2018) propose the formal adoption of the Health Impact Assessment to help planetary health gain real world traction. Read more.
18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases: This conference offers attendees a unique scientific conference program with areas of focus including tropical diseases, antimicrobial resistance, Zika, Dengue, HIV, TB, pneumonia, and many more. The Planetary Health Alliance and The Lancet Planetary Health are co-organizing a session on "Planetary Health and Drivers of Emerging Infectious Diseases."
Co-organized by ISID and XVII Congreso SADI
March 1-4, 2018. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Register here.

Planetary health: is human health at risk in the Anthropocene?: As part of the "Health: fresh perspectives" lecture series, Sir Andy Haines will discuss the topic of planetary health and the Anthropocene. Watch the event via livestream.
Organized by the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.
March 8, 2018, 17:00. Oxford, England.

Register here.

Health Disparities: A Time for Action: This conference is designed to attract professionals from the health, social sciences and public policy fields. In particular, they are interested in promoting interdisciplinary, cross jurisdictional conversations across the globe to tackle challenging and complex problems. 
Organized by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 
March 15-18, 2018. New York City, USA.

Register here.

The 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting: Building on the successful inaugural Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Boston, the goal of the second Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh is to bring together new communities around the world to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration towards ground-breaking solutions to major planetary health challenges. 
Co-organized by the Planetary Health Alliance, University of Edinburgh, the Rockefeller Foundation, Wellcome Trust, The Lancet Planetary Health, the American Geophysical Union, and Future Earth.
May 29- June 1, 2018. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Register here. 
Freelance Case Study Writer: The Planetary Health Alliance is seeking a professional writer to create a cohesive anthology of strong case studies that represents a breadth of environmental drivers, health dimensions, geographies and populations at risk, and, above all, the value of using a planetary health lens in securing robust improvements in health. The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing skills and have a strong appreciation for and demonstrated grasp of the power of storytelling. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 15, 2018

2018 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities: The United Nations Climate Change secretariat has opened the call for applications for its 2018 Momentum for Change: Planetary Health Awards to showcase global climate action and ambition, as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Winning activities will be recognized and celebrated during a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP 24) taking place in December 2018. Application period is open until April 30, 2018. 

Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists:  Two fellowships provide support for two years training in medical statistics. For the first year the successful applicants will study for the MSc degree in Medical Statistics at LSHTM. This will be followed by a one-year professional attachment at one of the African centers associated with the research program of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group at LSHTM. The fellowship will provide costs for fees, stipend and return air travel. Apply by April 13, 2018. 

NSF REU in Belize: The University of Central Florida’s Community GIS and Citizen Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site is looking to host at least 8 outstanding undergraduate students from across the country in Belize and in Orlando, Florida. They emphasize engaged, community-based research while also preparing students for future academic and non-academic careers in GIS, geospatial technologies, geography, sociology, geosciences, education, community development, public health, and land use planning. Apply by March 2, 2018. 
"Methodological guidance: climate change and health diagnostic: A country-based approach for assessing risks and investing in climate-smart health systems":  This report was developed in partnership with the World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization to facilitate an action-focused dialogue among stakeholders about risks, resilience, and the performance of sectors and systems. The diagnostic lays out a framework for improving country-level climate change and health investment. Read here.

"The importance of human reproductive health and rights for cheetah conservation": This recent report by PHA member Population & Sustainability Network establishes links between human population, barriers to family planning in rural communities, human livelihoods, and conservation. Read here.  

"Climate change is affecting our health. Is there a cure?": In this TEDx talk, Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses how climate change is affecting our health and why we should invest in green jobs and energy.
Watch here

"Are our better lives today robbing future generations of a livable world tomorrow?": Quartz publishes a piece on the emerging field of planetary health, featuring Susanne Sokolow of Stanford University, former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, and Courtney Howard of CAPE.
Read here

"Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?": Scientific American interviews researchers on the impact of climate change on crops. Sam Myers, PHA Director, discusses how CO2 levels directly impact human nutrition. Read here.

"Healthy Planet, Healthy People": Courtney Howard of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) delivers a TEDx talk on planetary health. Watch here
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