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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 new federal office that will address climate change as a public health threat and protect the nation’s most vulnerable communities, including the elderly, communities of color, rural communities, and children.
The new Office of Climate Change and Health Equity will report to a White House Climate Task Force and “protect the health of people experiencing a disproportionate share of climate impacts and health inequities from wildfires to drought, to hurricanes to floods,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
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 […]
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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