Catherine Machalaba
Catherine Machalaba
Topic: Ecosystems and health
Catherine Machalaba is the Program Coordinator for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance, a scientific organization working at the intersection of global health, environment and capacity building...
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Posted on 28/09/2016 10:18:56
Im looking for conversion factors and standards to measure green house gas emission
Samuel Ndadzibaya (from Zimbabwe)
Dear Samuel,

Thanks for working on this important issue- climate change has many implications for human health, including vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, food and water security, heat stress, natural disasters, and more. We urgently need to work across sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect health. Many of the processes linked to the drivers of climate change also contribute to disease burden (as seen with air pollution from burning of fossil fuels). I consulted a leading expert on climate change and health, Professor Andy Haines at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Future Earth global sustainability research platform, who kindly recommended some resources for your question. The conversion factors would depend on the specific greenhouse gas emissions you refer to – and whether associated with energy, land use, or other, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 1 report should have the information you seek:

The IPCC Working Group 2 has also covered the health effects of climate change, including adaptation and co-benefits of risk mitigation (in public health, the saying is "prevention is better than cure"!):

Kind regards, Catherine