Nossal and Climate Change

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Nossal Institute for Global Health (Nossal) was established in 2006 by the University of Melbourne who aims to better the future of developing countries through their active involvement in research, education and inclusive development health practices in developing countries, prioritising in the Asia-Pacific and Southern Africa regions. Their advancements in global health have derived from the strongly endorsed principles (healthy equity, knowledge, sustainability and partnerships) which they have set. To advance toward their objectives, Nossal has divided their operations into five separate units (non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening, education and learning, communicable diseases and inclusive development practice) to mitigate the prevalent issues in developing countries. Mike Sewell the general manager and company secretary for Nossal has an active involvement in their operations. The medical journal The Lancet he read in early 2011 proved to be the catalyst to drawing a link between his work on the developing world and the magnified effect of climate change in such countries. Sewell notes the importance of climate change and the amplified impact it has on developing countries as a result of their lack of resources and existing poor infrastructure by stating that “climate change affects all of us but it affects developing countries more” (reference). Impacts of Climate Change

Greenhouse gases are a natural part of the Earth’s atmosphere. However, human activities including burning fossil fuels for energy, land clearing and agriculture have increased the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted into the earth atmosphere during the past century. As a result an increase in the planet’s average temperature has been recorded. Climate change has the potential to adversely affect our environment, economy and society. Social Issues
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