Climate and Health Institute

At the intersection of climate change, human health and equity.

From extreme drought to longer wildfire and pollen seasons, climate change is having a profound impact on human health. In addition, the health burden caused by climate change and its drivers is disproportionate, with some populations more at risk of respiratory and heat-related illnesses, water and food insecurity, disease, forced migration and other consequences of planetary neglect. GW’s Climate & Health Institute seeks new solutions to global health and equity challenges associated with climate change and is addressing those challenges through cross-disciplinary research, training and action.

The CHI’s 2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report Cover

Chartered in May 2021, The George Washington University Climate and Health Institute (CHI) envisions an evidence-based global response by governments and stakeholders to mitigate the climate crisis and equitably improve public health. The CHI is a university-wide collaboration at GW prioritizing cross-disciplinary research, training, and action to address challenges associated with climate change.

The inaugural 2022 Annual Report highlights accomplishments of the CHI and its affiliated faculty, staff, and students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Download the 2022 Annual Report (PDF)

News & Events

Diesel passenger vehicle shares influenced COVID-19 changes in urban nitrogen dioxide pollution

Gaige Kerr, Dan Goldberg, Susan Anenberg
June 21, 2022

In partnership with team members and leadership from C40 cities, CHI members Gaige Kerr and Dan Goldberg, and CHI Director Susan Anenberg, co-authored a paper evaluating how diesel passenger vehicle shares contributed to urban nitrogen dioxide pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and Clinical Impacts of Air Pollution and Linkages with Climate Change

Anjeni Keswani, Hana Akselrod, Susan Anenberg
June 16, 2022

CHI members Anjeni Keswani and Hana Akselrod, and CHI Director Susan Anenberg, co-authored a review article on the linkages between climate change, air pollution and health. The authors present mitigation approaches at the societal, community, and individual levels, as well as discuss opportunities for clinicians to mitigate health harms during visits. The article concludes with further recommendations and the importance of including climate change into medical education curriculum.

GW Climate and Health Institute joins NAM Climate Collaborative

April 28, 2022

The CHI is among the over 110 organizations to have joined the NAM Climate Collaborative network to collectively activate all parts of the health sector for sustainable climate change action.

Health in the social cost of carbon: Recent advances to fill a critical gap

March 22, 2022, 12-1pm ET
February 25, 2022

Please join us for a panelist disccusion on Health in the Social Cost of Carbon on March 22, 2022, 12-1pm ET with Kevin Cromar, Director, Health, Environment and Policy Program, Marron Institute of Urban Management; Noah Scovronick, Professor of Environmental Health, Emory University; Tamma Carleton, Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Susan Anenberg, Director, Climate and Health Institute; and Jay Shambaugh, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy.

Humans are driving climate change but they can also fight against it

contributions by Dan Goldberg
February 25, 2022

Dan Goldberg, an assistant research professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health who studies air pollution levels said, "Any time we...

CHI Director Susan Anenberg, with support from CHI student Lauren Johnson, contributes to new UN Environment Programme Report

Actions on Air Quality in North America: Canadian and U.S. Policies and Programmes to Reduce Air Pollution
February 23, 2022

GW Climate and Health Institute Director Susan Anenberg, with support from CHI student Lauren Johnson, contributed to a new UN Environment Programme Report entitled 'Actions on Air Quality in North America: Canadian and U.S. Policies and Programmes to Reduce Air Pollution'. Contributions covered air pollution injustice and tools to assess it. The Full Report is linked below.

What winter weather forecasts, wildfires and mosquitoes mean for our health

Neelu Tummala
February 22, 2022

While the change in seasons is confusing, to say the least, what is most concerning to me, as a physician, is what this warmer weather means for public health.

How Can We Act to Mitigate the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change?

William H. Dietz & Sydney Pryor
February 10, 2022

A recent study suggests that people are interested and ready to address local solutions to climate change. Changing the individual behaviors that sustain the US transport and food and agriculture systems is the first step to the broader engagement necessary to build the political will that to achieve institutional, municipal, state, and federal policy.

The COVID-19, Obesity, and Food Insecurity Syndemic

Sydney Pryor & William Dietz
February 10, 2022

Strengthening local and regional food systems provides a common solution to both the new Syndemic of COVID-19, Obesity, and Food Insecurity and the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change by promoting sustainable food production and consumption, and prioritizing the food supply chain workforce.

CHI members co-sign Amicus Brief filed in the Supreme Court supporting the EPA in the Supreme Court WV v. EPA case

January 28, 2022

Amici are leading physician-member public health organizations, as well as deans, directors, and chairs of public health schools across the country.

Letter to the Editor; ‘Don’t Look Up’: A Political Allegory

January 22, 2022

In this film, a comet is a thinly veiled allegory for climate change. My research investigating how audiences react to climate content finds that there can be unintended effects of stories like this one. 

Climate Change and Mental Health: Research to Action

January 22, 2022

Please join us for a webinar discussing climate change and mental health on Friday, February 18th at 12:00 PM EST with Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, College of Wooster; Lise van Susteren, Co-Founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance; and Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Physchological Association


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