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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

Air pollution may have killed 30,000 people in a single year, study says


That's more deaths than traffic accidents and homicides combined. Those deaths came even as almost every county in the United States remained within federal air quality standards. Researchers say this suggests more stringent regulations are needed to protect human health.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Vulnerable Populations Across US Metro Areas at Risk of Fatal Heat by Mid-Century

Union of Concerned Scientists  

In study after study, the most vulnerable populations live in the hottest neighborhoods and disproportionately succumb to heat-related illness or death.

A climate of suffering: Climate change brings a world of health problems, particularly for asthma sufferers

Providence Journal 

A powerful narrative on how those suffering from asthma in Rhode Island have been impacted by climate change. 

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Green Infrastructure is (de)paving a pathway to resilience



Through strategically planted trees, parks, and wetlands, cities can reduce strain on their sewer systems, and reduce pollution at the same time. Green infrastructure is a crucial community-based climate adaptation strategy.

Improving Chicago's public health: More green space and less diesel

Chicago Business 

Chicago can address the city's significant health disparities by regulating diesel pollution and investing in parks and green infrastructure. 

To prepare for rising temperatures, scientists map urban ‘hot spots’

National Geographic 

Heat islands can run 17 degrees F hotter than a city’s cooler areas. Studying them now may yield ideas for mitigating future warming and protecting human health. 

Midwest Floods May Lead Illinois to New Solutions


Illinois has strong floodplain management regulations and a long history of helping communities reduce their vulnerability to flooding. 

Researchers hand Michigan officials a tool to remedy environmental injustice. Will they use it?

Environmental Health News 

A new report from the University of Michigan identifies "environmental injustice hotspots," and in so doing sets the stage for policy action, such as the allocation of funds for remediation, or the adjustment of regulatory approaches in at risk communities—tactics that states like California and Minnesota have taken to remedy injustice.

In the Spotlight

Georgians are taking control of the climate conversation. In this report, you will meet a few of the Georgians who are leading the charge and creating solutions in unexpected places. 


Resource of the Week 

With this interactive map from NRDC, you can see which parts of the country are most affected by unhealthy air or check out your area by clicking on a state or typing in your address. 


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