A Job for the Climate Era: Chief Heat Officer

A Job for the Climate Era: Chief Heat Officer

Miami experienced record-breaking heat last summer that led to dozens of deaths. This summer, the city will have its first-ever “chief heat officer” on the job to take on the problem of helping people get relief.

Why This Matters: We can’t stop the heat but we must deal with it. Heat is the top weather- and climate-related cause of death in the U.S., and temperatures are on the rise.

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Pesticides Are Prevalent and Poisonous

Pesticides Are Prevalent and Poisonous

Pesticides are harmful to insects and other wildlife — including humans. The first real accounting of pesticide poisoning since 1990 found that: 

Why This Matters: We’ve been relying on old data about farmworkers’ exposure to pesticides for the past 30 years, and thus the full picture of the harmful impact of these products on people has been underappreciated.

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Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The New York Times reported this week that an industry group “representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies” is attempting, as part of a trade deal being negotiated now, to get Kenya to “reverse its strict limits on plastics,” as well as to get the country […]

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New Study Finds Shutting Down Coal Plants Saved 26,000 Lives

New Study Finds Shutting Down Coal Plants Saved 26,000 Lives

A new study published this week in the Journal Nature found that the switch from coal-fired power plants to natural gas plants during the 11 year period from 2005-16 coincided with a huge reduction of 26,000 deaths and a significant increase in agricultural productivity nearby the plants.  These changes in power plants (combined with advances […]

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Limit Science By Requiring “Transparency” — EPA’s New Strategy

Limit Science By Requiring “Transparency” — EPA’s New Strategy

The New York Times reported on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to issue a new draft of a controversial rule they floated once before, but have now expanded, that would request raw data for nearly every study the EPA considers in preparing regulatory rulemakings, including confidential medical records.

Why This Matters: Scientists and public health groups believe that this proposal will not increase the reliability and public accountability of the rulemaking process.  Instead, this rule will make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies linking pollution to health problems rely on patient information provided under confidentiality agreements. 

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Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel When you visit your doctor it’s usually to remedy something that’s bothering you or a routine preventative visit, but during those visits has your doctor ever talked to you about climate change and how it might be affecting your health? Even if your doctor hasn’t, a growing number of […]

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