HHS Says It Will Treat Climate Change as a Health Issue

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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 the harm that climate change inflicts on the most vulnerable communities.

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Doctors’ Orders

Doctors’ Orders

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