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A number of climate-related hazards such as floods, wildfires, droughts, extreme heat events, and ice storms continue to impact communities in Canada and many of these hazards are expected to increase in frequency and severity due to climate change. Events like the 2013 flood in Calgary can severely impact communities through the destruction of infrastructure and the displacement of populations. The recently released Government of Canada report Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation provides current knowledge on health risks from climate change, vulnerable populations, and innovative adaptations. Dr. Peter Berry will discuss key findings from the Health Chapter in this report and implications for future efforts by public health authorities in Canada to prepare for climate change.
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Presenter: Dr. Peter Berry
Dr. Peter Berry is a senior policy advisor with the Climate Change and Health Office in the Safe Environments Directorate at Health Canada. As part of Health Canada’s extreme heat initiative, he co-authored guidance documents for public health officials on communicating heat health risks, assessing heat health vulnerabilities, and developing heat alert and response systems. Peter collaborates with researchers within and outside of Canada to facilitate public health adaptation. He is a lead author of World Health Organization climate change and health vulnerability assessment guidelines (2012) and of the Health Chapter in the recently released Government of Canada climate change and impacts assessment update (2014). Peter recently joined the Editorial Advisory Board for the new journal Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems.
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