Center of Expertise on Planetary Health

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UC and UC ANR as Leaders in Planetary Health: Developing Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for the 21st Century

“By 2050, the world’s agricultural systems must provide food for a projected 9.8 billion people. To accomplish this, however, will require creating just, equitable, and sustainable agricultural systems while simultaneously limiting environmental degradation. This challenge emerges at a critical time, as climate change and variability threaten the
ability of natural and built systems to provide the goods and services upon which humanity depends to survive. ”

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“UCSB’s David Lopez-Carr Improves Planetary Health”

“When it comes to researching planetary health, UCSB geography professor David López-Carr is at the forefront. In October 2016, he cofounded the Planetary Health Center of Expertise, under which interdisciplinary researchers from the UC system and beyond study the complex interaction of human and natural forces.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation, the team is underwriting $1.5 million in creative projects to tackle complicated problems around the globe. One such project is López-Carr’s work with UCSB zoology professor Armand Kuris and two Stanford researchers: They’re introducing prawns (which eat the snails that host parasitic worms that cause disease) to key river systems in sub-Saharan Africa, a problem initially created by the building of dams.”

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Professors Lopez-Carr and Smith to lead a UC systemwide Global Health Institute Center of Expertise on Planetary Health at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis

The UC systemwide Global Health Institute establishes a new Center of Expertise on Planetary Health at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Planetary health — the Earth’s ability to regenerate and sustain life — is under increasing pressure. Human population growth and activity increases as the climate changes and the environment bears the impact, resulting in reduced species diversity, emerging disease and diminishing supplies of available food and potable water.

All these conditions add up to worrisome challenges, said UCSB geography professor David López-Carr, co-director of the newly established Center of Expertise on Planetary Health, which is part of a systemwide initiative called the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI). López-Carr and Woutrina Smith, an associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at UC Davis, will lead the charge on investigating and initiating responses to such challenges, which result from both longstanding and emerging conditions such as pollution, environmental and climate imbalance and their links to malnutrition and chronic and infectious disease.

“UCSB will play a leading part in the Center of Excellence’s research activities,” said López-Carr, who characterized the campus’s environmental studies and geography departments as world leaders in environmental change research “I believe the UCSB campus is well suited for this role.”

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The UC Global Health Institute establishes a Center of Expertise on Planetary Health at UCSB and UC Davis

Our Planet is changing. While the human population and activity is increasing, climate change and the environment is bearing the impacts. Many individuals around the world do not have a lot of access to supplies such as food and water as different types of species are being reduced. With these and many more challenges happening is the reason why the Center of Expertise of Planetary Health, which is part of a systemwide initiative called the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) was created. Professor David Lopez-Carr is the co-director of Planetary Health and with Woutrina Smith, an associate professor of infectious disease epidemiology at UC Davis, will lead the charge on finding responses to these challenges.

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To learn more about the Center’s website go to: Planetary Health: A Healthy Planet Supporting Healthy Lives