Results found: 48
NASA ARSET | 2020
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 webinar was ARSET’s first training on UHI and was held in collaboration with the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN). This training addresses 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.
World Bank Group | 2020
The self-paced course raises awareness of this important agenda in the context of climate resilient development, and it will help teams and project managers in integrating Weather and Climate Services considerations into their projects, both in terms of project conceptualization and delivery. This e-learning platform provides a basic introduction to weather and climate services and seeks to demystify how weather and climate information systems function, highlight their importance and value, outline lessons learnt, and provide practical project level guidance for those tasked with implementing weather and climate services-related investments. Course Map: • In the first module, you will be introduced to the benefits of Weather and Climate Services and the value-chain approach. • The second module allows you to dive into the climate services value-chain – from the collection and management of water and weather data to the delivery of climate information to end-users, as well as the institutional actors involved along the way. • In the final module, the range of investment options is reviewed in the context of a real project. The course also has a specialized module on Satellite Earth Observations which provides an opportunity to learn about the potential of Earth Observation for modernizing Weather and Climate Services in developing countries.
World Bank Group | 2020
Each part of the world faces specific vulnerabilities to climate change and has different opportunities to mitigate the effects and build resilience in the 21st century. With the ratification of the Paris Agreement, many countries have acceded to act in combatting climate change. Indeed, without climate action, decades of sustainable development is at risk, thus making this a ‘make or break’ point in time. Showcasing the most recent scientific evidence, explaining the different regional impacts and divulging climate action strategies, along with interactive tools such as a Carbon Footprint Tracker and (I) NDC Platform, this MOOC provides some opportunities, where you can take action on climate change.
About the Course
This action-oriented MOOC gives you the opportunity to learn about regional climate change impacts and sector-specific strategies to increase resilience and move towards a low-carbon future. You will have the opportunity to explore these issues in depth and tailor your learning experience for one or more of the following regions:
- Latin America and Caribbean
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Middle East and North Africa
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- East Asia and Pacific
- South Asia
In this endeavor, the MOOC brings together renowned scientists and policymakers to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence on climate change, regional low emissions and climate resilient development strategies across sectors. A team of expert Instructors will lead discussions around the Paris Agreement, reflections from COP22 and the progress on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Course Syllabus Overview ‘From Climate Science to Action’ is divided into four weeks.
The first two weeks will provide a comprehensive overview of the scientific evidence for climate change, followed by region-specific insights on the impacts of a warmer world in the 21st century. The last two weeks will focus on action strategies that are being undertaken in different regions and countries to meet the climate challenge, and how you as an individual can take action to avoid a warmer world!
Recommended Background: No background knowledge is necessary. The content of this course is designed to be accessible to students from any discipline.
Johns Hopkins University | 2020
This course is an introduction to the multiple ways our changing climate affects global population health, and to promising policy and practice responses. More intense storms, heatwaves, and rising seas mean many, particularly the most vulnerable, now face growing risks of weather-related injury, illness, mental stress and even death. Because people care deeply about health outcomes, public health has great potential to convey the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a warmer, more unpredictable climate. The main message of the course is that public health must therefore “lean in” and become a more central player in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Because climate-related health risks happen mainly at the local level, the course focuses on cities – increasingly key players in climate change policy. Starting with an overview of the science consensus suggesting we have 10-20 years to prevent risks associated with exceeding 1.5°C of global warming and put in place adaptive policies, the course provides interactive lectures, expert interviews and case studies that build practical knowledge. In the final assignment, participants apply course tools and strategies to a city of their choice, preparing them to contribute to climate mitigation and building health resiliency in their own local context.
Ashden, BloombergNEF | 2020
With one billion people lacking access to cooling, rising temperatures are a deadly and growing global threat. On 13 October 2020 Ashden and BloombergNEF showcased the innovators working towards inclusive, sustainable cooling in cities around the world.
The webinar featured case studies of real-world success – from cooling through greenery in Medellín, Colombia to a world-leading urban action plan in Ahmedabad, India.
The event uncovered barriers to investment and policy action in this area, and explored the roles of data, community engagement, finance and government in building the cooling ecosystem.
- Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Director at the Natural Resources Defence Council – Ashden Award winner, discussing heat action plans in India
- Alejandro Restrepo-Montoya, Director of Strategic Urban Projects – City Architect of Medellín (2016-2019) – Ashden Award winner, discussing environmental urbanism in the Colombian city of Medellín
- Lauren Racusin, International Urban Planning and Economic Development Consultant at Bloomberg Associates – discussing how to use climate related data to design cities better
- Emma Coker, Associate, Heating & Cooling at BNEF
- Ellen Dobbs, Programme Manager (Sustainable Energy for International Development) at Ashden.
The aim of the training center is to assist and provide capacity building for professionals from meteorological services, research institutions related to meteorological services and international organizations. Time at the training center will enable participants the possibility to study approaches to Heat Health Warning Systems (HHWS) in Germany, learn specific skills and work to adjust, apply and transfer the methods used by the HHWS in Germany in other locations.
The content of training on Heat and Health at the training center may include:
- Key concepts and fundamentals of HHWS, biometeorological weather forecasting, importance of local and regional effects of climate and their influence on human health
- Skills to estimate thermal indices, nocturnal and in general indoor conditions, the effect of sun radiation and ventilation including air conditioning
- How to develop specific warning thresholds and criteria
- Good practices to develop and tailor risk communication messages for broadcast meteorologists, the public, health authorities and specific target groups like elderly people and homes
- Importance of preparation and analysis of health and epidemiological data
Training will occur in English and/or in German.
Heat Health Dialogue
GHHIN | 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 consists 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.
Heat Health Dialogue
GHHIN | 2020
This GHHIN 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.
This course is designed to help coaches, athletic trainers, students, school nurses, parents, teachers, and others understand heat-related illness in student athletes and know how to prevent, as well as treat, it when it occurs. The course includes tools such as heat index charts, a wet bulb globe temperature chart, and sweat rate calculator that helps leaders assess if it’s safe to play.
GHHIN | 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.
GHHIN | 2020
Extreme heat is an increasing climate risk for cities and the health of their residents across the world, due to the combination of the urban heat island (UHI) effect and climate change. Urban planning and design that considers urban heat mitigation can help cities increase their resilience to extreme heat in the built environment. This masterclass will present the current state and innovations in urban planning, design and governance for extreme heat, offer insight into the diverse disciplinary perspectives on extreme heat governance, and offer strategies for enhancing community engagement for sustained extreme heat planning efforts.
GHHIN | 2020
There is a need to evaluation and quantify the cost and benefits of different heat interventions in order to inform decision making. This masterclass will review the current methods for assessing health-related costs from morbidity and mortality linked to extreme heat exposures and the health and economic benefits associated with common heat adaptation interventions, such as: housing interventions, air conditioning, heat early warning systems, community cooling centers, and municipal heat action plans. The advantages and limitations of these methods will be addressed.
GHHIN | 2020
Effective prevention in a city requires a portfolio of actions at different levels: from health system preparedness coordinated with meteorological early warning systems to timely public and medical advice and improvements to housing and urban planning. These actions can be integrated in a defined Heat Health Action Plan. There are several principles that should be used in planning for and responding to heatwaves. This Masterclass is an introduction to heat health action planning, based on principles and guidance developed by the World Health Organization and from case studies of actual plans.