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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

When U.S. Emissions Dropped, Mortality Dropped Dramatically
 

Forbes

U.S. air pollution emissions dropped dramatically from 2008 to 2014, driven in part by the closure of coal-fired power plants. Now researchers have documented that health damages from air pollution dropped just as dramatically during that time.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Climate change threatens nearly 80% of Superfund sites in Houston area, GAO says
 

Houston Chronicle

Rising seas and more intense flooding caused by climate change could put nearly 80 percent of the Superfund sites in the Houston area at greater risk of releasing toxic pollutants into waterways and nearby communities. 

The Disproportionate Effects of Air Pollution


Route Fifty

Residents of poor and segregated neighborhoods around St. Louis had heightened risk of cancer due to increased exposure to air pollutants, including car emissions, researchers found.

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Nuns fight biblical floods by soaking old monastery

 

E&E News

Facing the difficult prospect of rebuilding or selling their flooded covenant site to developers, the sisters opted for a third way: a water management project that would foster environmental, educational and spiritual well-being. 

New Year Brings Increased Funds for Clean Energy Innovation


NRDC

The bill that Congress passed to fund the government through September 2020 includes significantly increases funding for clean energy innovation programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ASU ecologist launches international effort to improve urban resilience

ASU Now


NATURA, which stands for ‘Nature-based solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene,’ will link early-career scholars and practitioners who are working on solutions for climate change resilience around the world. 

St. Paul libraries want to foster a community-wide conversation about climate change

 

MPR News


The city's annual reading program and event series asks residents to collectively focus on a big issue, and this year it’s climate change.

Regenerating New York Harbor, One Billion Oysters at a Time
 

Civil Eats

The Billion Oyster Project connects young people to the city's waterfronts and aims to revive its oyster population to reduce pollution and build climate resilience.

10 Puerto Rican Schools Receive Resilient Microgrids
 

Clean Technica


A year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and left millions without power, schools have equipped themselves to withstand future weather events and grid outages to continue providing education to their students.

EPA to Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change, Official Says


Bloomberg Environment

The EPA wants to help 40,000 communities across the U.S. adapt to extreme weather caused by climate change by giving them better information. 

How Coal Country Becomes Solar Country

The Atlantic


In one Colorado county, solar-energy-training classes are helping ease the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

Inside A Boston OR, Surgery Shows Hospital's Steps To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint


WBUR

"When we launched our campus redesign plan, it seemed only natural that trying to create a healthy environment for our patients is one of the places you'd start with trying to keep your patients healthy." 

16 Initiatives Changing Urban Agriculture Through Tech and Innovation
 

Food Tank

Food Tank highlights 16 initiatives using tech, entrepreneurship, and social innovation to change urban agriculture.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All


Wired 

Over 1,200 local governments around the world have now signed the Climate Emergency Declaration. And in October, many of the world’s most influential mayors announced their support for a global Green New Deal. 

From Our Blog

Read our latest blog on how a community in South Carolina transforms from environmental public health degradation running rampant to building equity and climate justice across its neighborhoods.  
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Upcoming Webinar 

Tune in on Thursday for a webinar on a new ACEEE report analyzing sixty-six resilience plans from cities across globe working on clean energy, community resilience, and inequity.
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