September 30th, 2015 kicked off the start of COSEE Florida’s fall series focused on climate change. Miami’s Changing Environment, the first of a 4-event series focused on the impacts climate change on human health hosted at The Grove Spot in Coconut Grove, Miami.
The first guest speaker Dr. Maribeth Gidley, Scientist at University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences gave an overview of the many health impacts that can come with climate change, such as food shortage, vector borne diseases, respiratory issues, increased mental illness.
Julie Dick, Staff Attorney at the Everglades Law Center, then spoke of some of the work he currently does to increase water flow to the Everglades. In doing so that keeps salinity low, protecting drinking water and harmful algal blooms which can be a threat to human health.
Temitope Alimi, PhD Candidate at University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, works with Dr. John Beier on vector borne diseases. Her work focuses on the prediction of mosquito locations for Miami's habitat.
The event concluded with Dr. Larry Brand, Professor at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Brand used to work with Dr. Gidley on a collaborative effort at University of Miami’s RSMAS called the Oceans and Human Health Center. The Center brought atmospheric and ocean scientists together with medical doctors to determine what the connections might be currently and into the future. Dr. Brand shared his work on harmful algal blooms and how they are tied to respiratory issues and may also be tied to longer-term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. This is a burgeoning field of science with much more to explore moving forward.
If you weren’t able to make it out to this event and want to find out what was discussed, check out the storified twitter-convo.
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Join us Wednesday October 21st 6:30pm at Batch Gastropub in Brickell as we discuss the Costs of Miami’s Changing Environment: How Will It Affect You?