Global Environmental Change

APRIL 24, 1989

National Academy of Sciences held a symposium where the speakers panel addressed issues on global environmental change.



A Brief History of the SSRC Global Environmental Change Program (1989–1998)

The subject of climatic and environmental changes that result from human activity has been much in the news recently,” Alexander Leaf wrote in the Journal 30 years ago.1 Threatened by acid rain, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and global warming, the planet seemed vulnerable. Humans would face “disastrous consequences” as the planet ruptured around them. Leaf was sounding the alarm on climate change and human health: environmental change had become part of the burden of physicians. Now, as the climate crisis continues to unfold, the story of a physician who devoted his attention first to the nuclear threat and then to planetary health offers much-needed inspiration.

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