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In Madagascar, climate change means public health peril

Updated: Jan 3

A Harvard Public Health Discussion with Christopher Golden, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health at Harvard University

Since 2004, Golden has been filling in the links between climate change and health among the Malagasy people, in hopes of refining both scientific understanding and on-the-ground interventions. “We should see Madagascar as the canary in the coal mine,” he says. “It is a place that does not have the infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and as a result, it is experiencing profound impacts right now. That should charge us with greater incentive to change our own behaviors. We are the ones causing the climate problem and hurting vulnerable places that are not responsible.”

He spoke recently with Madeline Drexler, editor of Harvard Public Health.


Read this fascinating Q&A here

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