12 October 2009

27 Oct (Tue): "Biodiversity: A Fundamental Determinant of Human Health?" by Dr. Aaron Bernstein

At a time when biodiversity loss is occurring at a pace faster than has been seen in more than 60 million years, understanding how human health depends on biodiversity, or the variety of life, has never been more important.

This lecture will detail how human health is tied to the health of the natural world - for the provision of medicines and food, advances in biomedical research, and as a check on the spread of infectious diseases - and in doing so underscore that with biodiversity loss we have a tremendous amount at stake for ourselves and future generations.

Along with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Eric Chivian, Dr. Aaron Bernstein is author of “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity”. The book has been widely acclaimed, including by Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and Gro Brundtland, and was named the best biology book of 2008 by the Library Journal.

The book will be on sale at the public talk. (Price: $55.95)

Admission is free, but registration is require. Please register your interest in the talk with lim_wei_ling@nparks.gov.sg by 26 October 09

Time: 10.30am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

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