The Climate and Health Interdisciplinary Research Programme (CHIRP) at Leeds is based in the Priestly International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. CHIRP@LEEDS is a joint collaboration across the climate and global health themes, and partners the Leeds School of Earth and Environment, and the Leeds Institute for Health Sciences, including the Nuffield Centre for Global Health and Development. Led by Professor Lea Berrang-Ford, the programme integrates interdisciplinary expertise across Leeds faculties, including strengths in public health, epidemiology, medicine, engineering, climate science, nutrition, and geography.
I was pleased to be selected as one of the speakers for McGill's Mini-Science 2016: Weather and Climate: Going to Extremes. My lecture focused on the widely held recognition that the global climate is changing and that societies will need to adapt.
Using results obtained through the IHACC and TRAC3 projects (1: Ford, Berrang-Ford; 2: Lesnikowsk, Ford, Biesbroek, Berrang-Ford, Heymann), my lecture explored the implications of the dispersion of global funds to support adaptation. With $20-64 billion in fast-tracked funding already being invested, the 2015 Paris Agreement will increase this amount to $100 billion annually by 2020. Canada is among the largest adaptation donors to these funds. This growth in global finance for adaptation underscores the urgency with which to understand how and where adaptation is needed and is feasible, and monitor the use of adaptation funds. Are we adapting, to what, and how? This presentation will explore the challenge of global human adaptation to climate change, and explore efforts and opportunities to systematically track and evaluate progress on adaptation policy and practice.
You can watch the entire lecture for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BeAnUntHN0&list=PLfMfJihLOASWr1MAN0C-EwGl-AS5yH2cq&index=5
1: "Adaptation tracking for a post-2015 climate agreement." J.D. Ford, L. Berrang-Ford, R. Biesbroek, M. Araos, S.E. Austin and A. Lesnikowski. Nature Climate Change 5:967-69 (23 October 2015). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2744
2: "National-level progress on adaptation." Alexandra Lesnikowski, James Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, Lea Berrang-Ford & S. Jody Heymann. Nature Climate Change (09 November 2015 ). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2863
Berry, I., & Berrang-Ford, L. (May 01, 2016). Leishmaniasis, conflict, and political terror: A spatio-temporal analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 1.)
I am pleased to congratulate lab member Isha Berry on her recent publication in Social Science & Medicine! The article, entitled Leishmaniasis, conflict, and political terror: A spatio-temporal analysis, examines Leishmaniasis' relationship to terror or political conflict. Isha's study joins some of the few key quantitative examinations as to how Leishmaniasis coincides with conflict or political terror.
The lab is pleased to announce that Blanaid Donnelly successfully defended her PhD thesis this past week. Congratulations to Blanaid! Our lab network has one more alumni, and we look forward to supporting you in your next endeavour.
Blanaid's thesis is titled, “Livestock livelihoods and Indigenous health vulnerability in Kanungu District, Uganda.” Blanaid has two articles published, and two more in preparation.
Blanaid's past publications include Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasitaemia among indigenous Batwa and non-indigenous communities of Kanungu district, Uganda and A systematic, realist review of zooprophylaxis for malaria control.
Summer plans for the lab are quite exciting and we could not have had a better start! Again, congratulations to Blanaid!