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Virtual global launch of the 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report

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Online

Dec 3, 2020

Join online to discover new findings from the 2020 Report on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. In total 120 world-leading experts, including authors from 35 academic institutions and UN agencies spanning every continent have looked at more than 40 indicators for the report.

Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action 2020 – Virtual Event

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Online

Dec 8, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020

Towards the end of this extraordinary and - in so many ways - challenging year of 2020, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 8th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action, which will take place virtually from 8th – 10th December 2020.   Facing a world in crisis, our anticipatory action community recognizes the importance to continue to learn and to grow. We want to invite you to join us to share experiences, learnings and challenges faced at this year’s Global Dialogue Platform, which has the theme:  
  • Collaborating for Climate, COVID-19 and Conflict: Getting Ahead of Crises with Anticipatory Action

Pre-Olympic International Conference for Adaptations and Nutrition in Sports in 2020

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Taipai, Taiwan

Jul 9, 2021 - Jul 12, 2021

This largest international nutrition conference in Asia is expected to attract more than 1000 participants around the world. The conference will have 18 symposia related to sports nutrition aiming to bring the latest discovery related how exercise training and nutrition improves human performance, metabolic condition, and aging. You’ll learn, network, engage and catch up with those as passionate about sports nutrition as you are.

11th International Conference on Urban Climate

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Sydney, Australia

Aug 29, 2021 - Sep 2, 2021

The general theme of the ICUC-11 conference, which will take place Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021 in Sydney, Australia, is “Cities as Living Labs: Climate, Vulnerability, and Multidisciplinary Solutions.”​

Accordingly, the organizing committee has identified six scientific streams for ICUC11, with each stream covering various sessions and plenaries. These streams include:

  • Urban climate processes
  • Urban climate methods
  • Biometeorology & health
  • Integrated assessments of urban climate
  • Climate-conscious design and sustainable development
  • Urban climate policy

Adaptation Futures 2020

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New Delhi, India

Postponed to 2021

The Energy and Resources Institute will co-host the Adaptation Futures 2020 with the World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP) in Delhi from 28 September - 1 October, 2020. It is the sixth in the Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation and the first to be held in Asia. Adaptation Futures is the flagship event of the World Adaptation Science Program, which is one of the four components of World Climate Programme (WCP) based on the World Meteorological Organization Congress XVI Resolution 18. As a premier event in the global adaptation spectrum, Adaptation Futures is a unique platform to facilitate dialogues towards action oriented solutions from a diverse range of stakeholders that includes academia, practitioners, scientists and policy makers from across the world.

2nd Global Forum on Heat and Health

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Copenhagen, Denmark / Online

Postponed to 2021

The 2nd Global Heat Health Forum, originally scheduled for July 28-31 in Copenhagen, will be postponed until 2021. Virtual events were held in summer 2020 in lieu of the in-person Forum.  

Past Events

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2020 Understanding Risk Forum

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Online

Dec 1, 2020 - Dec 3, 2020

The Understanding Risk (UR) Global Forum is a biennial conference that convenes experts and practitioners from all around the world to showcase the best practices and latest innovations in the field of disaster risk identification as well as to facilitate non-traditional interactions and partnerships.   The 2020 edition also marks the 10th anniversary of UR community, and we are celebrating its achievements and the advancements of the field during the past decade.

Hazardous Weather Processes

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Online

Nov 25, 2020

This is the 5th webinar in a series run by the WMO's HIWeather project.

Scoping and Design of Actionable Science: A case study of integrating urban climatology and land-use planning

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Online

Nov 20, 2020

This webinar, hosted by NOAA will focus on the important phases of scoping and designing a project that will produce actionable science.

Toward Improved Hazard Forecasting

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Online

Nov 19, 2020

As part of the 2020 HIWeather workshop, a webinar series will be run by the HIWeather research project of the World Meteorological Organization. This is the fourth webinar focusing on the topic of multiscale hazard prediction. The webinar consists of six 15-minutes presentations and discussions following each presentation. You are cordially invited to join an international network of scientists to discuss progress and challenges related to hazard prediction and warning

User-Oriented Evaluation of High Impact Weather: Meaningful information on forecast quality

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Online

Nov 11, 2020

This is the 3rd webinar in a series being run by the WMO's HIWeather research project. There will be four 15-minute presentations followed by a panel discussion, and plenty of time throughout for you to ask the speakers questions using the chat function.

Introductory Webinar: Satellite Remote Sensing for Urban Heat Islands

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Online

Nov 10, 2020 - Nov 24, 2020

November 10, 17, & 24, 2020 10:00-11:30 EST (Session A) or 16:00-17:30 EST (Session B) The rapid growth of urban populations, the urban heat island (UHI) effect, and a potential increase in the frequency and duration of heat waves due to climate change, raise a series of issues about the increased health risks of sensitive urban populations to extreme heat and the effective means of mitigating impacts of heat waves. According to the US EPA, urban heat islands affect energy consumption, elevate greenhouse gas emissions, and impair water quality by increasing the temperature of urban water runoff. This will be ARSET's first training on UHI and will be in collaboration with the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN). This training will address the use of remote sensing in determining where "hot spots" of land surface temperature are located in urban areas, why these areas are experiencing increased temperature, which populations are most vulnerable, and ways to mitigate the effects through adaptive land use planning.

Race to Zero Climate & Health Dialogue

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Online

Nov 9, 2020

The Race to Zero Climate & Health Dialogue on November 9th 2020 will bring local to global actors together to place health and equity at the center of ambitious climate action. Through a series of virtual events, hosted throughout a 24-hour period, the dialogue will envision how a healthy, equitable recovery from COVID-19 can drive rapid decarbonization of the world economy. [br] The climate & health dialogue will present initiatives, case-studies and interventions for a healthy, climate-resilient and climate-just future across several priority areas of action: Adaptation & resilience; Nature; Energy transition; Zero carbon road transport; and Finance.

This virtual event will take place on November 9, as a part of the November Race to Zero Dialogues organized by UNFCCC in partnership with the High-Level Climate Champions. It will pave the way to the 2021 Global Conference on Health and Climate Change and the COP26 UN climate change conference to be held in Glasgow, UK in November 2021. [br] The event is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with Race to Zero, the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), the Wellcome Trust, Glasgow Caledonian University and its Centre for Climate Justice, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, and the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. [br] Session speakers will include representatives from cities, regions, businesses and civil society from sectors such as health, biodiversity, transport, economy and energy, as well as scientists, policy makers, celebrities, local authorities and mayors, government representatives, representatives from vulnerable communities and youth leaders. [br] For any questions regarding this event, please contact the WHO climate team.

Understanding, Monitoring and Estimating Weather-Related Risk and Impact: A basis for better warnings, decisions, and outcomes

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Online

Nov 5, 2020

This is the 2nd in a series of 5 webinars organized by the WMO's HIWeather research project. A brief overview of the project's Impacts, Vulnerability & Risk (IVR) task team will be followed by four, 15-minute presentations (plus Q&A) and a general discussion. Questions will be administered through the chat function of MS Teams.

GHHIN Annual Steering Committee Meeting (Closed)

Nov 4, 2020 - Nov 5, 2020

The Steering Committee of GHHIN will meet over two days to consider: - Progress and activities of the Network in 2019-2020 - New emerging issues and opportunities - Priority activities and tasks for 2021-22 - Updates of Network operations and governance

Communicating about High Impact Weather: Uncertainty, trust, and beliefs

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Online

Oct 26, 2020

This is the 1st webinar in a series being run by the WMO's HIWeather research project. There will be four 10-minute presentations followed by a panel discussion, and plenty of time throughout for you to ask the panellists questions using the chat function.

An Equity-Focused Approach to Urban Heat Resilience

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Online

Oct 20, 2020

The public lecture is scheduled to start at 7 PM EDT (doors open 6PM) followed by Q&A and virtual poster hall reception. About the Lecture: Extreme heat is deadlier than all other U.S. weather-related hazards combined, with risks increasing due to racial, social, and economic inequality, climate change, and increased development, which exacerbates the urban heat island effect. During this summer’s record-breaking temperatures, heat-health was at the forefront of the national conversation on climate risk, intersecting with and compounding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic and energy pressures. While research and modeling continue to advance understanding of the characteristics of heat in cities, translating this research into sustainability and resiliency policy, practice, and governance remains a challenge. NYC's experience makes a case for developing actionable science for decision making and the public interest and intentionally using health and climate data to achieve climate equity goals. About the Speaker: Kizzy Charles-Guzman is a Deputy Director at the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office of Sustainability where she leads the social and environmental policy team. For over a decade, she has engaged in citywide sustainability and resiliency planning efforts to ensure that social, public health and environmental justice priorities are integrated into climate action agendas and environmental policies. She led the development of Cool Neighborhoods NYC, the City’s first comprehensive strategy to address the impacts of rising temperatures and heat waves, and other equity-focused initiatives that ensure that NYC residents are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. Kizzy also served as the Deputy Director for Social Resiliency at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, and as Director of the Climate Change and Public Health Program at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, developing and implementing effective initiatives that support and promote NYC's environmental health. She received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award, and a Champion of Change Award from the U.S. White House in recognition of her work. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She also teaches at New York University.

GHHIN Dialogue: Heat in the Workplace

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Online

Jul 29, 2020

This Dialogue provides a rapid tour through key recent developments in the world of occupational heat health. Held on 29 July 2020, the dialogue consisted of updates from a panel of three experts and practitioners on the state of the science, new research outcomes into often overlooked worker populations, and practical interventions into occupational heat health in Europe, Central America and Vietnam. The presentations were followed by a facilitated panel discussion.

GHHIN Dialogue: Heat in the City

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Online

Jul 28, 2020

This Dialogue session provides a rapid tour through urban innovations in heat health. Held on 28 July 2020, the dialogue includes updates from a panel of five experts and practitioners on the state of the practice of increasing resilience to extreme heat across the world from their diverse perspectives of governance, planning, design, and vulnerable populations, and a facilitated panel discussion. Watch the full recording and download the presentations from the dialogue below.  

Setting Operational Thresholds for Heat Early Warning Systems

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Online

Jun 2, 2020

Defining heatwave events and optimal public health heat alerting systems remains complex and challenging. Should they be impact-based, and what information is needed to make them so? If this information is unavailable, are climatological approaches alone effective? This masterclass will address these questions and provide insight to some of the practical and operational considerations that both meteorological services and public health agencies may need to take when either developing or improving existing heat health thresholds for action.   Access masterclass

WHO Euro Webinar: Preparing for Hot Weather during the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 26, 2020

On 26 May 2020, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe hosted a webinar on preparing for hot weather during the COVID-19 outbreak. Further information on managing heat and COVID-19 is available in our information series.

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