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.
Last December, the project 'Climate Change and Indigenous Food System, Food Security, and Food Safety (Climate Change IFS3)' was awarded CIHR's Environments and Health team grant. The project was led by our colleague Dr. Sherilee Harper, based at University of Guelph. Climate Change IFS3 will be funded for a 5-year period, and will build upon community partnerships with Inuit (Canada), Batwa (Uganda), and Shawi (Peru) populations that were established throughout IHACC's research program.
Climate Change IFS3 has 3 research pillars:
A full description of the proposed project can be found here
In September 2016, Margot travelled to Merida, Mexico, to take part in the 23rd annual Regular Session of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America. This year’s Council session focused on youth involvement in the areas of ecosystems and climate change. Margot was invited to be part of Canada’s youth delegation to participate and share some of her research findings during the public town hall session of the event.
More information about the CEC activities available here.
Lab research in the news: Some cities are falling behind in preparing for the effects of climate change
MA student Malcolm Araos talked with Stephen Buranyi from Vice Magazine this month to discuss the results of his masters research. Malcolm collected and analyzed climate change adaptations from more than 400 cities worldwide, and found that only a handful of cities are actually preparing for climate change.
See the Vice article here.
Read Malcolm's research articles here:
Climate change adaptation planning in large cities: A systematic global assessment
Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in Large Cities: A Global Baseline
And keep your eye out for a third publication from Malcolm's masters, focusing on adaptation planning in Dhaka, Bangladesh.