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Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Governor signs bill making Virginia Council on Environmental Justice permanent

Virginia Mercury

“It’s past time we created a permanent council on environmental justice, this bill will help to ensure communities are directly involved in the decisions that affect them most, and will help prevent vulnerable Virginians from being disproportionately impacted by pollution, climate change and environmental hazards.” 

These States Are Winning on Clean Energy

NRDC 

Kansas, Iowa, and North Dakota are now all generating enough wind power every year to meet over half of their energy needs. The year also saw states, cities, and industry make big commitments to clean energy. 

Kansas WEALTH Day of environmental advocacy and education at the capitol

Hays Post

This year over 400 Kansans and 43 organizations and businesses convened at the Kansas statehouse for an annual day of environmental advocacy and education, including testimony at a Climate Hearing. 

Bay State’s proposed Climate Policy Commission: a model for climate oversight


Climate-XChange 

The commission provides an example for other states on how to hold an executive branch accountable to meeting climate goals set by legislation. 

In Boston, ‘yesterday’s paper route could become tomorrow’s neighborhood compost collection route’

Boston Globe

Pilot programs for curbside composting and the collection of recycled textiles could begin this spring, part of the city’s Zero Waste Plan. 

Want to save the planet? Listen to those closest to the pain


The Hill

New York’s new climate law leads the nation because it requires significant spending in frontline communities - a goal of 40 percent of New York State’s climate and energy funds must go to communities most impacted by the crisis. 

As coal pollution declines, crops begin to flourish

Anthropocene

Reducing our dependence on coal comes with some unexpected agricultural benefits, two recent studies find

Climate Change is Harming Our Health

Study finds air pollution from fossil fuels kills more people each year than cigarettes


Mic

According to a new study published this week in the journal Cardiovascular Research, researchers found that health issues caused by air pollution now kill about 8.8 million people per year — more than the 7.2 million people who die from smoking.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Eastern Kentucky Has Been Underwater, but You Probably Didn’t Notice
 

The Atlantic

"By turning a blind eye to rural people, we are turning a blind eye to climate change." 

In the first two weeks of February, more than 200 homes have been damaged, and nearly 100 more have been devastated. There have been more than 100 high-water rescues.

Alaska Natives and American Indians are being seriously threatened by Climate Change


The Delta Discovery

Testimony of Michael Williams, Chief of the Akiak Native Community in Alaska, before the U.S. House of Representatives Sub House Committee on Interior, Environment, and related agencies.

Resource of the week

A new report published by WEDO and the Sierra Club is a first-time comprehensive review of the existing literature surrounding gender and climate in the U.S. This report demonstrates the critical need for gender-responsive national climate policies in the United States. 
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