UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

UNC CEHS researchers, staff and students conduct outreach activities that engage community audiences and share research findings to increase knowledge about environmental health issues and improve public health.
Research Highlight

CEHS member publishes comprehensive study on health effects of climate change via air pollution

A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health estimates that future climate change, if left unaddressed, is expected to cause roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100 due to climate change’s effect on global air pollution.

The study, published online July 31 in Nature Climate Change, adds to growing evidence that the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative. It is also the most comprehensive study to date showing the ways that climate change will affect health via air pollution, as it makes use of results from several of the world’s top climate-change modeling groups.

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Outreach Highlight

Students explore climate and health connection with CEHS researchers

Twenty-five high school students from central North Carolina and New York City came together at UNC-Chapel Hill in July to learn about the role of community resilience in addressing extreme weather events, the importance of protecting vulnerable populations during such events and the nature of the grassroots work that needs to be done to protect human health during extreme weather events. In addition, students met researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) who are at the forefront of studying air quality and human health.

This three-day event was part of a year-long youth science enrichment program, the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP).

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News & Events

CEHS Seminar featuring Dr. Thomas J. van Erve of NIEHS on September 22

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) is pleased to announce the seminar “Decoding oxidative stress from inflammation in public health: the 8-iso-PGF2α/ PGF2α ratio” featuring Dr. Thomas J. van’t Erve, IRTA Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This seminar, which is a part of the UNC-CEHS Seminar Series, will be presented on Friday, September 22 at 12:00 pm in G-100 Bondurant Hall.

Dr. van‘t Erve is a young investigator studying the role of oxidative stress in exposure to environmental toxicants and in human diseases. His work focuses on the controversial area of biomarkers of oxidative stress and improving their specificity and accuracy through multidisciplinary approaches.

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