THE HEALTH OF HUMANITY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE EPOCH
Sir Andrew Haines / London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Humanity is having pervasive and increasingly dominant effects on natural systems worldwide leading many scientists to conclude that we live in the Anthropocene epoch. Environmental trends include large-scale changes to climate, freshwater availability and quality, land use, marine ecosystems and biodiversity loss. The presentation will discuss how these environmental trends pose major challenges to sustaining health advances of recent decades. It will also discuss actions to increase resilience to emerging threats, and address the driving forces of environmental change.