Course overview

Climate Change: Science, Spirituality, & Policy

In this course, the role clinicians play in helping overcome the threat to public health and health outcomes caused by climate changed  is discussed.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, PhD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2016 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • In this course, the role clinicians play in helping overcome the threat to public health and health outcomes caused by climate changed is discussed.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Recognize the problem of climate change and the threat to public health as clinicians.
    • Describe the effects climate change has on public health and health outcomes.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, PhD

About Veerabhadran
Dr. Ramanathan is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Dr. Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons, particularly, CFCs in 1975. Along with R. Madden, predicted in 1980 that global warming would be detected by 2000. In 1985, he led the 1st international assessment on climate effects of non-CO2 greenhouse gases, concluding they are as important as CO2 to global climate change and was among a team of 4 to develop the 1st version of the US community climate model in the 1980s. In the 1990s, with Paul Crutzen, he discovered the widespread Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) over S. Asia, will have devastating health and climate impacts. He developed light weight unmanned aerial vehicles to track pollution Asia and N. America. His recent finding is that mitigation of short lived climate pollutants will slow down global warming significantly during this century, now adopted by the United Nations and 30 countries including USA and the new Climate and Clean Air Coalition. He leads Project Surya which is mitigating black carbon and other climate warming emissions from solid biomass cooking in Asia and Kenya and is documenting their effects on public health and environment. Teaming up with California Air Resources Board and R. K Pachauri, he has initiated a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India.

Ramanathan has won numerous prestigious awards including in 2013, the top environment prize from the United Nations, the Champions of Earth for Science and Innovation. He has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the Pontifical Academy by Pope John Paul II and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is now serving in Pope Francis' Council for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; and UNESCO awarded the Climate and Policy professorship at TERI Deemed- University in New Delhi, India.

He is co-organizer of a 2014 Vatican meeting on "Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature" of social and natural scientists, philosophers and policy makers. 

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.