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Researchers also warn that governments need to take serious action at COP26 in the near future, stating in the report that “at the current pace of reduction, it would take more than 150 years for the energy system to fully decarbonize.”
“The data in this report are more than just alarming statistics and trends,” Dr. Renee Salas, a lead author of the policy brief, said in a statement. “I took an oath to protect health and prevent harm, and I can’t do that unless we address climate change.”
How the Health of the Planet Affects Public Health
The study points out that the world is spending trillions of dollars to restore the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but less than one in five of those dollarsis expected to be used towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions — which would be an effective way of curbing climate effects and deaths. According to the report, 65 out of 84 of the world’s most polluting countries subsidize a median of $1 billion to fossil fuels — money that could also be better spent protecting public health.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The EPA announced Monday that it will move toward regulating perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — manmade “forever chemicals” — that don’t naturally break down and can contaminate both air and water. These chemicals, found in various household products, from dental floss to nonstick pans, can also be harmful […]
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 […]
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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