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Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.
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Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School ( and is a medical doctor trained in tropical public health. Paul has worked in medical, teaching and research capacities in Africa, Asia and Latin America and in 1993, coordinated an eight-part series on Health and Climate Change for the British medical journal, Lancet. He has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to assess the health impacts of climate change and develop health applications of climate forecasting and remote sensing.

Dr. Epstein also coordinated Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions, an international project with Swiss Re and the United Nations Development Program assessing the risks and opportunities presented by a changing climate. He has also prepared the report Healthy Solutions for the Low Carbon Economy: Guidelines for Investors, Insurers and Policy Makers that examines the "stabilization wedges" through the lens of health and ecological safety.

Stemming from a multi-sectoral conference on coal held in Washington, DC in October, 2009, a publication – “Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal’ – will appear in the Annals of the Academy of Sciences in January, 2011. In addition, an illustrated brochure summarizing the findings -- "Mining Coal, Mounting Costs: Assessing the Life Cycle Costs of Coal" -- will also be available in January.

Dr. Epstein received recognition for his contributions to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. His forthcoming book with Dan Ferber, Changing Planet, Changing Health, will be published by the University of California Press in 2011.

Blog Entries by Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Dismantling States: Lessons From Greece

Posted July 27, 2011 | 16:24:49 (EST)

Cutting public sector budgets, laying off state workers, emasculating health, education and support for infrastructure has become a global phenomenon. And the results are not pretty.

Greece, for example, has become a victim of these policies. While bailouts will help bridge the current crisis, the conditions of the bailout...

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The Biggest Global Health Threat of the 21st Century

Posted April 8, 2011 | 19:04:24 (EST)

Recently a commission run by The Lancet named what they called the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. HIV/AIDS? Nope. Heart disease? Not at all. Cancer? Keep trying. To get your head around the biggest health threat of all, you might have to change how you...

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Taxing Financial Speculation, Raising Funds for Critical Needs

Posted February 15, 2011 | 16:00:06 (EST)

Levying a tiny tax on financial transactions could help build a healthier and more stable future.

Political discontent simmered for decades in Egypt, but soaring food prices helped push public frustration past the boiling point. As the political drama there continues to unfold, it's critical...

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Why the Wild Winter Weather?

Posted January 13, 2011 | 12:51:24 (EST)

Winter weather has been especially harsh this year, as it was last year. Scientists have long predicted that weather across the Northern Hemisphere could get colder with global warming. How might this work?

Some commentators have invoked changes in atmospheric circulation over Siberia to explain the severe winter weather besieging...

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Climate Change Endangers Public Health in the United States

Posted December 14, 2010 | 10:46:55 (EST)

The Cancún climate conference has ended with many issues unresolved and U.S. commitments will be hampered by the expected attacks from the incoming Congress on the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Meanwhile the urgency for solutions is rapidly increasing and leading medical and public health groups across the country...

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