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…human health is really the bottom line integrator of all the other environmental and social impacts that climate change will have, and if human health begins to decline on a broad front, it’s a clear signal that we are weakening the planet’s life support systems.Professor Tony McMichael (3 October 1942 – 26 September 2014), presenting the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank on ‘Climate change and health: challenges and opportunities’.
The Australian Academy of Science is extremely saddened by the loss of distinguished Professor and epidemiologist Tony McMichael, who spent his life improving the world’s health. He was Professor Emeritus of Population Health at the Australian National University and internationally recognized for his pioneering work in environmental health.
Through his long and distinguished career, he made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the health impacts of tobacco, lead pollution, uranium mining and ozone depletion. He was also a pioneer and world leader in work on the health consequences of climate change. For many years Professor McMichael led the assessment of health risks for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world and a website has been established in his memory.
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