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In 2019 one of the most jarring stories we covered was about how much climate change is affecting the health of our children. The Lancet’s startling conclusion was that a child born today will experience a world that is more than 4˚C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life.
According to Nick Watts, executive director of the Lancet’s Countdown,“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic. We know that it has the potential to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health and overwhelm the health systems we rely on.”
Why This Matters: A warming planet is affecting the most vulnerable members of our society and putting their health in jeopardy in ways that we’re only beginning to understand. If that isn’t a wakeup call for drastic climate action in 2020 then what is?
On Saturday, President Trump announced he would nominate Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and predictably her approach to environmental cases is likely to be quite conservative.
Why This Matters: Environmental cases are likely to be heading to the Supreme Court as many statutes need to be interpreted to deal with today’s environmental challenges.
This week a new study from Oxfam revealed that the world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. Experts believe that if the people who make up the richest 10%* continue to consume at this rate for the next 10 years, climate change could surpass the critical 1.5 […]
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