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BRIAN SCHWARTZ: The Peak Oil Threat to Public Health
October 6, 2010
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According to Doctor Brian Schwartz, U.S. public health care is the Achilles heel in the national health system. In this brief video, Schwartz looks at how energy scarcity will challenge public health like never before.
PCI Health & Peak Oil Fellow Brian Schwartz is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is also currently Co-Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Health and of the Environmental Health Institute. He has conducted extensive research on the health effects of chemicals via occupational, environmental, and molecular epidemiology studies. Brian's career has included research, teaching, and training, as well as clinical and public health practice.
In the past several years, Brian has increasingly focused on global environmental sustainability, and how land use and energy use are contributing to global climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity and species losses — ultimately posing important risks to individual and population health. He is engaged in ongoing studies on land use and obesity; local food and physical activity environments and the progression of diabetes; abandoned mine lands and community health; and evaluating the public health risks posed by peak oil. Brian received a B.S. from Tufts University, an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School, and an M.S. in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.