17 September 2017

CCOUC “Between Extremes: Threatening Heat and Cold” video clip series now online
Introducing climate change and its health impact

Under the influence of the severe tropical storm Hato, the Hong Kong Observatory recorded the highest ever temperature of 36.6°C on 22 August since records began in 1884. The temperature in Wetland Park was even higher, reaching an astounding 39°C. High temperatures not only bring discomfort, but also raise the fatalities caused by cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

The Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) has been dedicated to climate change and health research. Because extreme weather has occurred more frequently in recent years, CCOUC has translated its research findings into a video clip series, entitled “Between Extremes: Threatening Heat and Cold”, in support of the CUHK Faculty of Medicine. The video clips are presented in lively and amusing animations to provide scientific evidence of climate change and its health impact to the public and encourage them to better prepare for and mitigate the adverse impact of extreme temperature events. The series also intends to disseminate information about disaster preparedness and healthy living at policy making and local community levels, and to raise urban dwellers’ awareness of climate change, environment and health outcomes.

The video clip series covers five themes, namely, 1) Death, 2) Urban Heat Island Effect, 3) Hospital Admissions, 4) Help-seeking and 5) Health Co-benefits. 

The Chinese and English versions of the video series are being uploaded online (http://www.ccouc.ox.ac.uk/video). They will also be disseminated to various relevant government departments (including the Hong Kong Observatory, Education Bureau, Food and Health Bureau, Environment Bureau, etc.), relevant consultative bodies, District Councils, NGOs and secondary schools. The video will also be played in the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change CUHK and at various international conferences.