How eating less meat could help prevent extinction, climate change, cancer and the next pandemic

  Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology, Dr Kris Murray, explains why, from farm to fork, less is more when it comes to meat. I’m not a vegetarian, and I’m unlikely to become one any time soon. I like making sausages and barbequing ribs, I love prosciutto crudo and lamb kebabs, and I’m a total sucker for a bit of bacon in my lettuce and … Continue reading How eating less meat could help prevent extinction, climate change, cancer and the next pandemic

High blood pressure: can it be caused by drinking water?

Dr Pauline Scheelbeek, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, explores the link between salty drinking water and high blood pressure. It’s a well-established fact that high salt consumption (over 5 grams a day) can lead to increased blood pressure. In western countries such as the UK, most of the salt we consume comes from (mostly processed) foods that you may eat on a daily basis, such as bread, … Continue reading High blood pressure: can it be caused by drinking water?

Global solutions for global challenges

Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute gives her impressions from ‘Global solutions for global challenges’, a discussion event held at Imperial on Wednesday 9 September 2015. This week we tried something quite different. Instead of focusing on one particular climate change or environmental issue, we thought we would tackle them all. Our remit at the Grantham Institute is broad, and we thought we … Continue reading Global solutions for global challenges

Transforming climate change from a threat to an opportunity

-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate report launch by Dr Kris Murray, Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology Today the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate announced the release of their new report “2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health”. Following a first report released in 2009, which concluded that “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of … Continue reading Transforming climate change from a threat to an opportunity

Making it pay by simple addition: win-win solutions for health and the environment

Dr Kris Murray, Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology Our planet is ill. Ongoing loss and endangerment of species, degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and their services, and manmade changes to the global climate are dramatic symptoms of a major decline in the planet’s environmental health. In glaring contrast, human health has improved, in some cases radically. Decreases in malnutrition, mortality due to infectious diseases … Continue reading Making it pay by simple addition: win-win solutions for health and the environment

Hard Evidence: will climate change affect the spread of tropical diseases?

By Paul Parham, Honorary Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Many tropical diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other carriers known as vectors. These vector-borne diseases continue to have a major impact on human health in the developing world: each year, more than a billion people become infected and around a million people die. In addition, around … Continue reading Hard Evidence: will climate change affect the spread of tropical diseases?

The global health benefits of tackling climate change

by Professor Paolo Vineis and Pauline Scheelbeek, School of Public Health It is sometimes claimed that addressing climate change with proper policies is too expensive and could lead to a further decline in the economy. However, the co-benefits of implementation of climate change mitigation strategies for the health sector are usually overlooked. The synergy between policies for climate change mitigation in sectors such as energy use … Continue reading The global health benefits of tackling climate change