The Sweaty Penguin

Hosted ByEthan Brown

The most fun you've ever had while learning environmental issues! Episodes include a comedy monologue and expert interview. Welcome to Antarctica's Hottest Podcast.

63. Worker Productivity

We may never notice it ourselves, but climate change and air pollution can actually affect our day-to-day performance at our jobs. Studies ranging from agricultural workers to call center workers to chess players and baseball umpires find measurable decreases in productivity because of these environmental issues. And whether you’re concerned about your health, your paycheck, your career advancement opportunities, your employees if you’re an employer, or you just like your job and want to do it well, we all have cause for concern. Today, we explore the impacts of heat stress, hurricanes, particulate matter, and more on worker productivity, and consider how we might adapt to these challenges in the future. With special guest Dr. Matthew Neidell: Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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