LWV Climate Series | Dr. Rupa Basu to discuss heat-related health risks

Please join the League of Women Voters of Piedmont on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, from 4 – 5 p.m. for an illuminating and compelling talk by Dr. Rupa Basu, speaking on the known and quantified negative healthcare impacts of climate pollution and also the known, achievable, current-day solutions for reducing and avoiding heat-related health risks.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, 4-5 p.m. PST (5-6 p.m. MT | 6-7 p.m. CT | 7-8 p.m. ET)
Where: Online via Zoom. Register for free to receive an email with the Zoom link.

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Dr. Basu identifies heat increases and their resulting health impacts as a global problem. Heat deaths are reported worldwide and are currently significantly underreported. She will present the scientific consensus on the health impacts of rising temperatures, such as the known cardiovascular impacts and adverse birth and mental health outcomes, providing examples from California epidemiologic studies. Her own research quantifies heat-related health disparities, primarily by race and ethnicity, and identifies reasons for these disparities. Dr. Basu will discuss risk perceptions as an element of vulnerability, and offer heat guidelines developed for prevention. Most importantly, Dr. Basu will give wise and science-based advice on preventing heat-associated risks for our lives and quality-of-life.  

This event is part of our 2022-23 Climate Speaker Series brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Piedmont and Piedmont Connect. The series will serve to educate constituents on a range of important topics to improve our understanding of the causes (sometimes surprising), perils (sometimes not fully recognized), and solutions to ongoing environmental pollution and climate disruptions.

This program will be recorded. You can watch it live or at a later date on our YouTube channel. The second half of the program will be a moderated Q&A session with questions from Zoom participants and YouTube livestream viewers. You will not see the event posted ahead of time on YouTube. It will appear once the program starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 8.

More about our speaker:
Dr. Rupa Basu, PhD, MPH, is currently the Chief of the Air and Climate Epidemiology Section at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency. She has published extensively on research examining the effects of temperature and air pollution on health outcomes and identifying vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining OEHHA, she worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, after obtaining her PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and her MPH from UCLA. She serves on several national and state climate change committees and has been a frequent guest speaker in academic settings (teaching at UC Berkeley) and for high-level governmental leaders such as California’s governor.

She was featured in the Emmy award-winning climate change documentary, Years of Living Dangerously, “Mercury Rising” episode with Matt Damon. Dr. Basu’s work is widely cited in respected media including The New York Times, The New Yorker, LA Times, SF Chronicle, National Public Radio, and BBC World News. She collaborates with external agencies such as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Kaiser Division of Research and has also served as a referee for many health journals and on several scientific advisory panels.

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