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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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Howard Dean and Grover Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, and Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist, join Politico's Michael P. Hirsh, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society. Fifty years after the Great Society’s inception, the panelists reflect on the agenda’s economic and social legacy and envision its future.

See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives; Budget, Debt, and Deficits

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NY Event: Addressing the Chronic Disease Crisis in Developing Countries

Speakers: Thomas E. Donilon, Thomas J. Bollyky, and Barbara Byrne
Presider: Juju Chang

Task Force Co-Chair Thomas E. Donilon, Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, and Task Force Member Barbara Byrne, join Juju Chang, coanchor of ABC News’ Nightline, to discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable

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On-the-Ground Views of The Ebola Crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Speakers: Nancy A. Aossey, Laurie Garrett, and David Nabarro
Presider: Richard E. Besser

Nancy A. Aossey, president and chief executive officer at International Medical Corps, Laurie Garrett, CFR’s senior fellow for global health, and David Nabarro, the UN’s special envoy on Ebola, join Richard E. Besser, chief health and medical editor at ABC News, to discuss the panelists’ recent trips to West African Ebola-treatment units and the international response to the crisis.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Diseases, Infectious

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DC Event: Addressing the Chronic Disease Crisis in Developing Countries

Speakers: Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Thomas E. Donilon, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Task Force Co-Chairs Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Thomas E. Donilon, and Task Force Project Director Thomas J. Bollyky, join Time magazine Senior Correspondent Massimo F.T. Calabresi to discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends practical, scalable strategies for intervention.

See more in Global; Health; Economic Development

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Responding to the Ebola Crisis

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses the Ebola crisis and pandemic preparedness in light of the recent cases in the United States, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

See more in United States; Africa (sub-Saharan); Diseases, Infectious

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Is There a Seat at the Table for the Food and Beverage Industry in the Global Fight Against Obesity?

Speakers: Kelly Brownell and Derek Yach
Presider: Thomas J. Bollyky

Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, and Derek Yach, senior vice president of the Vitality Group and member of PepsiCo's Scientific Advisory Board, debate the role of the food and beverage industry in the global fight on obesity.

See more in Diseases, Noncommunicable; Global

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The Rise of NCDs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Audio)

Speaker: Thomas R. Frieden
Presider: Jo Ivey Boufford

Thomas R. Frieden, director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, discusses the challenges facing low- and middle-income countries in combating noncommunicable diseases.

This session is part one of the two session meeting, Noncommunicable Diseases and the New Global Health.

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