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Doctors’ Orders

Doctors’ Orders

The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants […]

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EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

EPA Announces New PFAS Limits, But Environmental Advocates Say More Action is Needed

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]

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Editors of Over 230 Medical Journals Urge Governments to Take Drastic Climate Action for Public Health

Editors of Over 230 Medical Journals Urge Governments to Take Drastic Climate Action for Public Health

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that human health is being harmed by climate change, and that the effects could become catastrophic if governments don’t do more to address it. The unprecedented joint editorial cites climate change’s proven links to “heat […]

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HHS Says It Will Treat Climate Change as a Health Issue

HHS Says It Will Treat Climate Change as a Health Issue

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that the HHS will be creating a new office to address climate change as a public health issue. The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity will analyze how global warming is affecting Americans’ health and operate initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions and […]

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Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer   The connection between public health and the climate crisis now has a specific home in the federal government. On Monday, the Biden administration announced the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. This week’s announcement came as wildfires are creating hazardous air quality in […]

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One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that climate change and public health are deeply intertwined. Recent studies have found that wildfire smoke increases positive Coronavirus cases, and infectious disease experts say that as deforestation increases, zoonotic spillover will too. To face these threats, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the creation of a […]

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