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Jonathan Patz

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH is a Professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Global Health Institute, and has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute and Department of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Patz has worked on the health effects of climate change since 1993. He co-chaired the health report of the first Congressionally mandated U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and served as Lead Author for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 15 years; the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Entries by Jonathan Patz

Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:15 PM

To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food. Organizing people into cities can be an important strategy for conserving land for farming, biodiversity, and more wilderness; but compact cities and...

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There's a Strong Link Between Solving the Global Climate Crisis and Improving Our Health

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Consider the following (seemingly unrelated) realities: 1) An estimated 7 million deaths are attributed to air pollution every year; 2) over half of the U.S. population does not attain recommended minimum levels of daily exercise, contributing to rising rates of obesity and related diabetes, cancer and heart disease; and 3)...

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On the (Bike) Path to Prosperity: Why Banning Bikes Is Bad for Kolkata

(48) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:12 PM

A few months ago Kolkata traffic authorities banned cycling on major thoroughfares. Over 170 main roads were affected (up from 38 initially), and this within the only major Indian city where daily bike trips -- 2.5 million of them -- outnumbered car trips. It is disheartening to see bicycles banned...

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Curbing Fossil Fuels to Power a Public Health Revolution

(14) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM

"Once you have the knowledge," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said to me during our conversation on global climate change two years ago, "then the ethical responsibility becomes that much more important." His response referred to a map our research team produced showing the stark contrast between poorer countries most...

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