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(Un)Sheltered in Place: How The Homeless are Hurt by Their Environment

May 12, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

This is the second talk in the Hard Earth spring series.

Speaker: Mary Catherine-Anderson, PhD Student, Earth System Science

For many people who are homeless, the day-to-day determines health. Exposure to the elements, for instance, can be dangerous or even deadly. Climate change and emerging infectious disease make the homeless even more vulnerable. In this time of global change, housing is the best healthcare we can provide to the homeless. In the meantime, however, it is critical to understand how extreme and unpredictable environments affect the health of the unhoused.

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About the Hard Earth Spring speaker series


The COVID crisis makes one thing clear: society is ill-equipped to deal with disasters that do not respect borders and can cripple social and economic systems. Climate change, though radically different from a virus, similarly is a global threat. Hard Earth’s Spring 2020 series will feature virtual biweekly talks by four graduate students whose research probes a changing climate’s already-occurring impacts on livelihoods, jobs, food, and social safety nets around the world.

Click into any talk (RSVP) or register for 1-unit online course CEE126Z | EARTH126Z that encompasses all sessions.

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