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The Sophie and Alex Rosner Seminar Series

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbia University Medical Center Mailman School of Public Health Allen Rosenfield Building, Room 532A 22 W. 168th Street 5th Floor

The tension between the imperatives of economic growth and environmental health since WWI endures most dramatically in the ongoing global climate change crisis. But the major dilemma posed by climate change -- is perpetual capitalist growth sustainable? -- has been posed by earlier but significant episodes.  This lecture focuses on two mid-century events: the control of smog in Los Angeles and the advent of strip mining/mountain top removal (MTR) in Central Appalachia. It examines the interplay between growing lay concerns and protest, nascent sci! entific knowledge and uncertainty, and subsequent policy response.

The lecture concludes with a discussion of these episodes' ramifications for economic and environmental health debates today, in the wake of 2008 recession and the Fukushima and
BP disasters.