Cross-disciplinary Celsius-Linnaeus symposium


Environment, Climate Change and Human Health

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, ACES, Stockholm University

Molecular Toxicology: understanding the effects of environmental contaminants
Increasing societal dependence on manmade chemicals and lack of knowledge about their potential adverse effects is a major threat to wildlife and human health. Evidence show that exposure to air pollution or the over 100,000 chemicals that contaminate our environment are main risk factors for many chronic diseases. Understanding what environmental contaminants we are exposed to, their properties and the interactions with biological systems are therefore essential.

Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Program for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences, Meteorology and UUSI, Uppsala University

Impact of CO2 in the atmosphere on our climate
It is now well established that increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has an impact on the global climate. This is true for mean parameters as global temperature and precipitation. A larger risk for the society is the potential risk of changes in extreme conditions and also the possibility of the existence of tipping points. There is also a response of the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from terrestrial, aquatic and marine biogeochemical systems.

researcher at Department of Earth Science

Investigation for the remediation of contaminated fibrous sediments in the Baltic Sea
The paper and pulp industry used to reject solid wastes in the Baltic Sea and several lakes, creating large fibrous deposits called “fiberbanks”. Those sediments are contaminated and represent a potential threat to the environment. Research is currently conducted to remediate those areas with in-situ capping. The major challenge is the gas production from the sediments, affecting the sediment structure itself, the aquatic environment and the cap.

Professor, Section of Sustainable Health, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University

Effects of climate change on human health
The talk will outline and discuss direct and indirect interlinkages between extreme weather, climate change and human health. It will further discuss the situation in Sweden by local studies, make international outlooks and contrast the Swedish situation to the situation in, for example, south Europe and low- and middle-income countries. In the talk I will further discuss adaptation, and specifically the development of early warning systems. While the talk will have an overall nature initially, I will go deeper into effects on heat-related mortality, vibriosis and arboviruses, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.