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Health Impacts

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to human and planetary health today.  Climate-related health effects are growing in incidence and severity. Learn more about them here.

 

EPA Clean Power Plan

In 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 30% by 2030, especially from coal-fired plants, which are a leading source of carbon emissions. Here’s a map of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for each state. It calls for New York to cut its emissions 44% by 2030. Under the Clean Power Plan each state will create a State Implementation Plan by June 2016, laying out how it can meet its carbon reduction targets.

In this recent PSR webinar, Jonathan Levy, ScD, of Boston University School of Public Health, presented the study he coauthored quantifying state-by-state health benefits from implementing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

 

Representing Health Concerns at the People’s Climate March

PSR-NY members were part of the health professional contingent of the People’s Climate March, held September 21st, 2014 in New York City, joining other healthcare professionals and health advocates to represent health and mental health concerns. Here’s a brief dispatch from the March by PSR NY’s Shannon Gearhart, MD, MPH.

 

Collaborating and Likeminded Organizations

Climate 911

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Health Care Without Harm

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)

 

Resources

Advancing Clean Air, Climate & Health: Opportunities for Nurses

CDC Climate and Health

Climate Change and Public Health

New York Climate and Health Project, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Time Magazine, “Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Links Between Climate and Health, Climate 911