Climate Change

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What should the United States and others do to mitigate or address the health consequences of climate change?

Asked by Lindsey Wahlstrom, from Columbia University

Climate change has both direct and indirect health consequences. Direct consequences include those resulting from high temperatures and severe weather events; while indirect ones arise from changing air and water quality and ecological shifts that favor tropical diseases and parasites.

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Foreign Affairs Article

A Light in the Forest

Author: Jeff Tollefson

Since 1988, Brazilians have cleared more than 153,000 square miles of Amazonian rain forest, devastating the environment and driving global climate change forward ever faster. Recently, however, Brazil has changed its course, reducing the rate of deforestation by 83 percent since 2004. At the same time, it has become a test case for a controversial international climate-change prevention strategy that places a monetary value on the carbon stored in forests.

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Expert Roundup

The Doha Climate Debate

Authors: Susanne Droege, Yu Hongyuan, Artur Gradziuk, Simon Dalby, and Navroz K. Dubash

With the UN climate meeting in Doha under way, five experts discuss what needs to happen to advance a comprehensive global climate policy.

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