Episode 8: Climate change and health

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Episode 8: Climate change and health
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In this episode of The WeatherPod, it’s our pleasure to welcome Dr. Madeleine Thomson into the studio.

The impact of COVID-19 on our lives and livelihoods shows clearly that protecting our health is a huge concern for all societies. This is especially so in the face of climate change which threatens to create environments that may exacerbate existing climate-sensitive diseases and introduce new ones.

But just how prepared are we?

To discuss these concerns, hosts Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited Madeleine Thomson into the studio. Madeleine is the Interim Head of Our Planet, Our Health at the Wellcome Trust. She previously held senior research positions at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She has also served as director of the IRI/Pan American Heath Organization -WHO Collaborating Centre on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and Other Climate-Sensitive Diseases.

Educated at the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London and the University of Liverpool, she originally trained as a field entomologist and spent much of her early career doing operational research to support large-scale health interventions, mainly in Africa.

Madeleine is the author of “Climate Information for Public Health Action” with Climate scientist Simon Mason.