The Lancet’s Diagnosis: Climate Change Is Bad For Your Health click button

The Lancet’s Diagnosis: Climate Change Is Bad For Your Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change represent converging crises, according to The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals in the world.  This year’s edition of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change drives home the point that it is impacting everyone.

Why This Matters: Rising seas and rising temperatures are public health issues. More extreme heat worldwide means that people with pre-existing conditions, people who work outdoors, and the elderly all face a higher risk of heat-related death.

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Women Face Worse Health Risks From Climate Change Than Men

Women Face Worse Health Risks From Climate Change Than Men

Climate change is a public health issue, and an analysis of 130 studies finds that women face worse health risks from climate impacts. Carbon Brief has mapped out the analysis, showing how climate change affects the health of women and men around the world. 

Why This Matters: The myriad of ways climate change is already reshaping our world won’t impact everyone equally.

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Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

New research finds that higher temperatures and heat exposure can harm children’s learning across the globe. However, in the US, researchers found that only Black and Hispanic children are affected by this trend.

Why This Matters: A 2019 study showed that predominantly non-white school districts receive about $23 billion less on average than predominantly white school districts.

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Study Finds Last Month the Hottest September on Record

Study Finds Last Month the Hottest September on Record

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer The Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that last month was the warmest September on record for the United States and Europe, surpassing the record set a year ago. They also found that Northern Siberia, Western Australia, the Middle East, and parts of South America had hotter-than-average Septembers.  According to […]

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Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families click button

Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families

Grist reported last week that a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that minority households spend much more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households on average — Blacks spend 43 percent more, Hispanics spend 20 percent more, and Native Americans spend 45 percent more.

Why This Matters:  At the end of September, as utilities begin to get shut off, minority and poor families will be hurt the most.

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Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Temperatures in Los Angeles over the weekend soared — and hit a record high of 121 degrees and the record-setting temperatures resulted in power outages to tens of thousands, and people crowded area beaches in an effort to stay cool.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is straining the state to the breaking point — between the fires around the state and extreme heat, plus the coronavirus too.

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