The National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is extending the deadline for submissions for the Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge (#climatechallengeNIEHS).
To assure full participation and sufficient time for the development of high quality submissions, the deadline has been pushed back two months to February 1st.
The Challenge has two goals: to raise awareness of how climate change may worsen environmental health risks in communities, and to enable protective decision-making from local to national levels.
This Challenge calls on talented software developers, data scientists, and other innovators from around the country to create data visualizations, tools, and applications making use of the best available science on environmental exposures and increases in temperature, precipitation, flooding, and sea level rise.
Documented environmental health risks include hazardous wastes and deposits of industrial chemicals, air pollution, harmful algal blooms, toxic contaminants in food, and exposures to pesticides. The effects of climate change could exacerbate these risks on multiple levels, from the source of the pollutant, to their pathways through the environment, to the demographics and characteristics of those exposed.
Examples of exposures of concern include hazardous wastes that may be mobilized by rising sea levels of more intense floods, agricultural pesticides though a variety of climate-related changes, air pollution and harmful algal blooms.
For more information, please visit the NIEHS Challenge webpage athttp://www.niehs.nih.gov/funding/challenges/climate_change/index.cfm .
Additional details and submission guidelines can be found at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/the-niehs-climate-change-and-environmental-exposures-challenge/.
The Challenge’s Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/15/2015-23126/announcement-of-requirements-and-registration-for-the-niehs-climate-change-and-environmental.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
John M. Balbus, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Public Health
Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
31 Center Drive, Room B1C02
Bethesda, MD 20892-2256