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The researchers believe this is a result of historic underfunding of predominantly non-white schools and neighborhoods; co-author of the study, Dr. Joshua Goodman of Boston University explained, “The same amount of outdoor heat makes certain classrooms hotter, just because their buildings are of lower quality. Low-income students are in school buildings that have worse HVAC and ventilation systems.” Dr. Goodman, in a previous study, had estimated that about 5% of the racial achievement gap could be attributed to high temperatures. Plus, minority communities have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, lack access to healthcare, and are under-represented in COVID treatment and vaccine trials, thereby exacerbating the problem.
How do you elect political candidates who will make tackling climate change a priority? That’s the question Caroline Spears and her colleagues sought to answer when they launched the Climate Cabinet Action Fund in 2018, offering tailored climate data, policy ideas, and messaging suggestions to candidates and lawmakers.
Why This Matters: State legislatures play a critical role in crafting and passing policy — to lead on climate and energy policy, paving the way for ambitious national climate action.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As Maui, Hawaii begins its “managed retreat” from its coastline due to sea-level rise caused by climate change, the county filed a lawsuit this week against big oil companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips to pay the costs of the move. The suit alleges that the companies knew […]
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