Apologies for no recent update - I have been very busy, including with travel. In March I was a keynote at a conference in Spain called the Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases. My talk was called Poverty, demography and infectious disease: three warnings. The slides are here, the abstract here.
Essentially I argued that a bias to market-forces focussed economics has harmed health systems, in both rich and poor countries. I originally wanted to present three case studies, though in the end I mainly discussed Ebola and a bit on sanitation in India. A version of some of my ideas about Ebola (eg how deforestation is likely to have contributed to its emergence) has just been submitted to the website Croakey (co-written with Dr Rosalie Schultz).
In April I spoke at a conference in Delhi, organised by the Australian India Council, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the NGO Pradan and the Ambedkar University of Delhi. That talk was called "Development, inequality and co-operation: reflections, including on climate change". I am converting my long abstract to a short paper, hopefully to become a book chapter. The slides are here, and the early (short) draft of the text is here.
I greatly enjoyed both meetings, and the invitation to speak in India was especially appreciated.
Other than that, I have been nominated as a co-ordinating lead author on health and the environment for the forthcoming (2017) Global Environmental Outlook Report 6 by the UN Environmental Programme. The title is "Healthy Planet Healthy People". My paper "Revised target makes the MDG hunger reduction goal within reach" should appear in the journal Global Food Security within a week. Unfortunately not open access. Also just in press: Climate change, food systems and population health risks in their eco-social context (Public Health).
We are preparing for the BODHI Australia AGM, to be held Sunday June 21, at the Australian National University. Quite a few people are stepping forward to help keep BODHI alive, both in the US and Australia - but we still greatly miss Susan, BODHI's co-founder. It was her birthday yesterday - a day after the full moon in May.