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Paul Epstein, leader in Public Health has died

Paul Epstein, MD, MPH, co-founder and associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, died of lymphoma on November 11, 2011.

Dr. Epstein’s work in linking the spread of infectious disease with global environmental climate changes was positively directed towards finding clean technologies that would contribute to human health and well being.

In a report entitled, “Healthy Solutions for the Low Carbon Economy:  Guidelines for Investors, Insurers and Policy Makers“(.pdf), Dr. Epstein and his co-authors note that:

While the benefits of the energy from fossil fuels are
self-evident, oil, coal and natural gas affect human
and ecosystem health, have widened social inequities
and fostered international conflict. The life cycle costs
include the damages from exploration, extraction, mining,
refining and transport; spills and leaks disrupt forest
and coastal marine habitat, and combustion causes
acid rain, air pollution and climate change.

A sampling of his publications include,

Read more about the man and his legacy on his Harvard Medical School faculty page here. His New York Times obituary is here.