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GLIN==> News Advisory -- UW Expert to Discuss Public Health Risks from Regional Climate Change



UW EXPERT TO DISCUSS PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS FROM REGIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE

For More Information: 	
Gene Clark, Coastal Engineering Specialist, UW Sea Grant Institute,
(715) 394-8472 or grclark@aqua.wisc.edu  
Jonathan Patz, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and
Population Health, UW-Madison, (608) 262-4775, patz@wisc.edu  


Climate models predict more extreme weather events for the Upper
Midwest. Without increased precautions and investments in
infrastructure, more people are expected to be affected by heat waves,
pollution, severe storms, and infectious diseases. 

Jonathan Patz, an international expert in environmental effects on
public health, will discuss "Climate Change and Health Risks for the
Great Lakes Region," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, in Room 1111 of
the Genetics - Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall on the University of
Wisconsin-Madison campus. The event is part of the "Wednesday Nite @ the
Lab" weekly series of free public science programs. Free parking is
available in Lot 20 at 1390 University Avenue.

Patz, a medical doctor who also holds a master's degree in public
health, is an associate professor of environmental studies and
population health sciences at UW-Madison, where he directs a
university-wide initiative on global environmental health. He is one of
the lead authors of the "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" section
of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC), which was released earlier this year.

In addition to discussing some of the IPCC findings, Patz will discuss
preliminary results from an ongoing study in collaboration with
climatologists and public health officials from the Wisconsin Department
of Health and Family Services. With funding from the U.S. EPA, they are
assessing public health threats from projected heat waves and heavy
flooding events in the Great Lakes Region.

Patz's lecture is sponsored by the UW Sea Grant Institute, Nelson
Institute for Environmental Studies, UW Science Alliance, and the
Wisconsin Alumni Association. His lecture is part of the 2007 seminar
series "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Starting a Public
Discussion," funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. See
www.seagrant.wisc.edu/climatechange for details and updates.



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Kathleen Schmitt
Science Writer
Aquatic Sciences Center
Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute
University of Wisconsin 
239 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1177
phone 608.262.6393
fax 608.262.0591
kmschmitt@aqua.wisc.edu
www.seagrant.wisc.edu
www.wri.wisc.edu



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