How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

Extra CEES seminar by Eric Chivian




Discussions of biodiversity loss have focused on its expected ecological consequences, and on the aesthetic, ethical, socio-cultural, and economic effects this loss will have on our world. The human health impacts from species loss and ecosystem disruption, however, are rarely mentioned. Join Dr. Eric Chivian, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, who will review examples of these impacts and examine why it is so critically important that they be addressed to help people grasp the dimensions of the biodiversity crisis.

Dr. Chivian shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is co-editor and lead author of Oxford University Press’ award-winning book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, which will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

Also note: Open lecture by Eric Chivian Friday 12 March.

Published Feb. 3, 2012 2:56 PM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2013 3:12 PM