We will be hosting a panel discussion with two Columbia professors on issues of the environment. Prof. Patrick Kinney, the Director of the Climate and Health Program at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and a professor of Environmental Health Sciences. He will be joined by Prof. Kim Knowlton, an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health and a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. They will talk about their individual research and unique perspectives on environmental challenges.
Bio for Professor Kinney:
Patrick Kinney is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Climate and Health Program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is also a professor in Columbia’s Earth Institute. Dr. Kinney did his doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he worked on the landmark Harvard Six Cities air pollution and health study. He currently teaches and carries out research on the health effects of air pollution and climate change and on the health benefits that can be achieved through policies to mitigate them. He was among the first to show that patterns of diesel traffic in cities create hotspots of elevated risk, starting with New York City and more recently along streets in the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya. He leads a large randomized trial examining the potential health benefits of clean cooking technologies in rural Ghana. Another study analyzes current and future heath impacts of air pollution and temperature in China under a range of emission mitigation and climate change scenarios. Patrick was a lead author on the recently-completed fifth assessment report of the IPCC, focusing on climate impacts on health in North America. He serves on the New York City Panel on Climate Change, which advises the Mayor on climate resiliency planning. He also directs the health sector work on the NOAA-funded Consortium for Climate Risks in the Urban Northeast. He is co-founder of Environmental Health Analytics LLC, a consultancy specializing in the quantification of health benefits and impacts of air pollution and climate change interventions.