SHADE Newsletter 13th June 2024

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of the SHADE newsletter! 

SHADE is a research hub with a mission to explore issues at the intersection of digital technologies/AI, health and the environment. It is guided by a fundamental question: How should the balance between AI/digital enabled health and planetary health be struck in different areas of the world, and what should be the guiding principles?

The SHADE newsletter comes out every two weeks, bringing you a selection of the latest news, upcoming events, academic publications and podcasts in the SHADE space.

In this newsletter, we highlight climate change adaptation in India. We feature analysis at the SHADE intersection from SHADE authors, take a sweep through air pollution, bridges and brain monitoring, note calls for a climate policy ‘evidence bank’, check in on AMR, mental health and drinking water, get the latest on energy grids, data centres and chips and much more. We hope you enjoy it!

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Highlight on climate change adaptation in India

  • Changing rainfall patterns in India lead to calls for better and more local data collection, and for farming’s ability to respond to be considered.

  • There are similar calls for local heat action plans to extend their focus beyond just human health as heatwaves in India have got hotter, lasted longer and affected wider areas.

  • Both of these phenomena demand an end to postponing action to mitigate climate change, and the adoption of a perspective wider than simply human health when adapting to climate change.


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  • The 2024 Health Resilience Community Fund from Foundation S, Sanofi’s philanthropy engine, has a call for proposals out. Innovation and data driven interventions for climate adaptation and health resilience are one of its three priorities. The deadline for submission of concept notes is June 30th.

  • The Jeremy Coller Foundation and Tel Aviv University have launched a £10M prize for Interspecies two-way communication using generative AI. Get your submission in by the end of July!

And finally something hopeful from Planet A, which looks at energy wastage and the synergy between renewables and energy efficiency.

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