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- The Health and Climate Solutions Team  

Climate Change is Harming Our Health

43 percent of Americans exposed to unhealthy air, with climate threatening health, study finds  


The American Lung Association just released its 20th annual State of the Air report. The study found that almost 141.1 million Americans were exposed to unhealthy air between 2015 and 2017. [Study]

After a decade of research, here’s what scientists know about the health impacts of fracking

The Daily Climate

Evidence suggests women living closer to fracking have increased odds of having a baby with lower-than-average birth weight; of having a high-risk pregnancy; or having a baby with a low infant health index. [Study]

Climate change is making allergy season worse


Research shows that the number of allergy sufferers in the United States has grown due to climate change. One in ten Americans struggled with hay fever in 1970, and 3 in 10 did by 2000. [Study]

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst 

Unsafe to Stay, Unable to Go: Half a Million Face Flooding Risk in Government Homes

The New York Times 

Nationwide, about 450,000 government-subsidized households are in flood plains. A group of residents from one of these properties in Houston has brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Climate change disproportionately affects low-income communities in Providence

The Brown Daily Herald 

In Providence, RI, low-income neighborhoods are most vulnerable to the effects of hotter summers due to lack of green space. The city government is working to address these disparities and prepare communities with its Climate Justice Plan.

'A Gumbo of Unhealthiness': A New Report Reveals How Air Pollution Disproportionately Affects Black Americans

The Root 

The American Lung Association's 20ths State of the Air report is a stark reminder that black and Latinx communities are disproportionally affected by air pollution, despite contributing less to it than their white American counterparts.[Study]

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

"L.A. takes climate change fight to the streets by pouring cooler pavement "

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles is nearly 6 degrees hotter than surrounding rural areas thanks to its masses of heat-absorbing buildings, paved surfaces and scant shade and vegetation. To address this issue, the city has begun layering pavement with a light reflecting layer that can reduce surface temperatures by 10 degrees or more.   

Savannah, Ga., Hurricane Conference Gathers Responders

Gov Tech

Chatham County, Georgia, is among the first in the country to be designated as "hurricane strong." With hurricane season six weeks away, nearly 500 regional emergency managers, first responders, health care representatives gathered in Savannah, George to network and learn what's new in preparing for and responding to tropical weather.   

State legislators’ HEAL Act targets environment, inequality

The Spokesman-Review

Lawmakers in Washington state have put forth the HEAL Act, which stands for healthy environment for all. The bill, which has passed through the State Senate, would create a task force to advise state agencies on environmental equity.  

NC State wants to help feed the world. Here’s how the college plans to make it happen

News Observer

The Planet Science Initiative at North Carolina State brings together engineers, economists, biologists, marketers, data scientists and with two small goals in mind: find a way to feed the world, and double the food supply.   

In the Spotlight

Researchers at the University of Maryland created an interactive map for users to see what “new city” they could be experiencing come 2080. Find out how climate change is impacting your home’s weather with this interactive map.

Resource of the Week 

This social media toolkit [PDF] from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention gives you the tools you need to help your community understand the health and climate connection. 

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