Conference to Explore Climate Health Impacts in PA

  • Joylette Portlock created a series of videos explaining climate change, and giving suggestions on what people can do personally, and to influence policy makers. Photo: Joylette Portlock, from her "WATT CHOP" music video.

May 16, 2014

When we think about climate change, images of drought or flooding might come to mind. But a report released this month by the White House details the impact of climate change on human health. A conference in Pittsburgh Monday will explore what this might mean for people in the Pennsylvania region, and how to adapt.

Health experts with Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh are sponsoring the conference, to offer updates on what’s expected to happen with Pennsylvania’s climate, and what the changes might mean for air and water quality. Speakers will talk about how extreme heat can cause sickness and death, how air pollution and higher pollen counts can trigger asthma, and other concerns.

It all sounds pretty dire.

Joylette Portlock is the moderator. She’s been taking a more positive, or at least more fun, look at climate change and what people can do about it.

 

Portlock created a series of videos explaining climate change, and giving suggestions on what people can do personally, and to influence policy makers.

So, while Monday’s conference will take a serious look at how climate change is predicted to impact human health, it might also be entertaining.