‘Hot, Hungry Planet’ author to speak at CPHB April 4

All College of Public Health students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a college-wide reading of Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by journalist and research fellow Lisa Palmer. The book aligns with the University of Iowa’s spring 2018 Climate for Change Theme Semester.

Palmer will visit the College of Public Health in April 2018 for CPH Research Week/Book Club events.

Tuesday, April 3
7 pm | Prairie Lights Bookstore
Hot, Hungry Planet book reading
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 4
12:30 pm | Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB)
Spotlight Lecture and CPH Research Week keynote
Feeding a Hot, Hungry Planet: Global food security for peace, agricultural development, health and prosperity
A steadily increasing global population, growing food demand, and changing climate necessitate new kinds of thinking in agriculture but also fields like public health and energy. Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050. How will we feed them all? A confluence of environmental, social, and economic factors are leading to major food shortages around the world, especially in poorer countries. Climate change will likely further stress our systems. By drawing upon her reporting and research on the environment, sustainability, and agriculture, Palmer will explore the future of food security and the people and organizations developing more sustainable and resilient food systems.  
Free and open to the public, reception to follow in CPHB atrium

Hot Hungry Planet cover

Borrow a Book

CPH students, faculty, and staff are invited to borrow a copy of the book from the college for a two-week period. Email cph-communications@uiowa.edu to request a book loan or stop by S173 CPHB to pick up a copy.

About the Book

Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050 according to U.N. predictions. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. Here, she shares the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger.

Hot, Hungry Planet focuses on three key concepts that support food security and resilience in a changing world: social, educational, and agricultural advances; land use and technical actions by farmers; and policy nudges that have the greatest potential for reducing adverse environmental impacts of agriculture while providing more food. Palmer breaks down this difficult subject though seven concise and easily-digestible case studies over the globe and presents the stories of individuals in six key regions―India, sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Indonesia―painting a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there.

About the Author

Lisa Palmer photoLisa Palmer is a journalist and research fellow who has documented the scientific, environmental, and social challenges of a changing global environment for more than 17 years. She is currently a resident senior fellow at the National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, she was a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Palmer has written for publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Scientific American, The Yale Forum, Fortune, Yale E360, and many others, and her writing has appeared in research journals including Nature, Nature Climate Change, and Nature Energy.


Photographer Sean Gallagher to discuss climate change, visual storytelling

Picturing Climate Change: Communicating Environmental Challenges Through Visual Storytelling

Co-sponsored by the CPH Global Public Health Initiative, UI School of Journalism, and Pulitzer Center

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

12:30-1:30 pm

Callaghan Auditorium, N110 College of Public Health Building (CPHB)

Lunch provided – 11:30-12:30pm, CPHB 1st floor atrium

National Geographic Creative photographer and filmmaker Sean Gallagher has been based in Asia for over a decade, documenting that continent’s most important environmental, social, and cultural issues for some of the world’s leading news outlets. He will discuss his work creating photographic, video, and multimedia projects highlighting individuals and communities confronting environmental threats such as desertification, deforestation, pollution, species extinction,and climate change.

This event is part of the College of Public Health’s Global Public Health Week and Spotlight Series

Iowa researchers endorse conservation efforts to combat climate change

More than 180 Iowa science researchers and faculty from 38 Iowa colleges and universities, including more than 15 faculty associated with the University of Iowa College of Public Health, have endorsed the Iowa Climate Statement 2016 and efforts to expand voluntary, incentive‐based programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to confront human-caused global warming.

“Iowa Climate Statement 2016: The Multiple Benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture,” was released on October 5. This year’s statement centers around the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative “Building Blocks for Climate-Smart Agriculture.”

The climate statement champions proven conservation techniques such as planting perennial plants on marginal cropland and reduced-till or no till farming that would decrease nation-wide net emissions and increase carbon storage in soil. Statement authors note that the document is part of a larger effort, strengthened by the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, to offset human-caused climate change.

“Iowa’s leadership through wider adoption of conservation practices will benefit our state, while these practices lessen human contribution to net greenhouse gas emissions,” according to the statement. “Iowa – once replete with soil carbon built by deep‐rooted perennial vegetation – can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions with crop‐perennial systems that pull heat‐trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and rebuild soil carbon. Thus Iowa – already a world leader in agricultural production and products – could now also take pride in “carbon‐storage farms” that also improve soil health, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and water quality.”

To view the full 2016 Iowa Climate Statement, visit the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research web site.