I had the pleasure of visiting Houston two weeks ago to attend the UHLC health law symposium. This year’s symposium is on the legal issues around climate change and health. I got to spend the day with Ed Richards, Justin Gundlach, Robin Kundis Craig, and Courtney Anderson having each of our papers interrogated by our hosts: the UHLC faculty. It was an amazing experience. Rarely do you get that level of in-depth feedback on draft work. Papers from the symposium should be out in 2018. They are all really interesting, focused on legal issues, health and climate change.


Röös et al. discuss four possible scenarios for livestock in the future. No strategy will be successful in achieving a sustainable food future that doesn’t include strategies to increases supply; reduce demand, and reduce waste.[^1] Article here

Kim et al. discuss planning for urban-flooding with an emphasis on safe-to-fail rather than fail-safe design principles. Provides an overview of the safe-to-fail approach and a typology for analysis. Would be interesting to apply a similar concept to the health system. [^2]Article here

[^1]: Röös, Elin, Bojana Bajželj, Pete Smith, Mikaela Patel, David Little, and Tara Garnett. "Greedy or Needy? Land Use and Climate Impacts of Food in 2050 under Different Livestock Futures." Global Environmental Change 47, no. Supplement C (2017/11/01/ 2017): 1-12.

[^2]: Kim, Yeowon, Daniel A. Eisenberg, Emily N. Bondank, Mikhail V. Chester, Giuseppe Mascaro, and B. Shane Underwood. "Fail-Safe and Safe-to-Fail Adaptation: Decision-Making for Urban Flooding under Climate Change." Climatic Change 145, no. 3 (December 01 2017): 397-412.

Jason Smith