Posts Tagged ‘Health’

The New York Times: Unraveling the Relationship Between Climate Change and Health

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Is climate change a serious threat to human health?

Simple logic would suggest the answer is yes, a point that the Obama administration is using to build support for the president’s effort to make climate change a centerpiece of his final months in office.

A White House report listed deepening risks. Asthma will worsen, heat-related deaths will rise, and the number and traveling range of insects carrying diseases once confined to the tropics will increase.

In 2000, the first National Climate Assessment, a government document weaving together the best evidence on climate change, had just 21 pages on health. The most recent assessment included a special section on health that filled more than 400 pages.

Two peer-reviewed British journals — Philosophical Transactions B and The Lancet — have dedicated many pages to the topic this year. Europeans, unburdened by the level of political controversy over climate change in the United States, often give more conclusive interpretations of the science.

“We are in a far more certain place now,” said Nick Watts of the University College London Institute for Global Health and a co-author of the Lancet analysis. “We feel very comfortable talking about direct effects of climate change on health.”

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Bloomberg Business: EPA Nears Decision on Aircraft Emissions’ Risk to Climate

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has proposed carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants, is nearing a decision on whether to regulate aircraft emissions in response to global warming.

The federal agency is scheduled to issue a determination this month on burning jet fuel and its potential danger to human health by increasing the risks of climate change.

Such a finding “may open the door for meaningful regulation,” said Joel Finkelstein, a spokesman for Climate Advisers, a Washington-based group that advocates for carbon limits. He said a decision could come as soon as this week and he believes the agency will conclude that aircraft emissions endanger the climate.

Environmental groups such as Oceana, Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice petitioned the agency in 2007 to take action. The EPA issued a finding in 2009 that greenhouse gases were a danger to public health, part of the agency’s effort to establish fuel-economy standards for automobiles and trucks. The same finding was used last year in proposing regulations for power-plant emissions.

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Ocean Warming Triggers Bacteria Outbreak

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

A new report has linked global warming to a bacteria outbreak in Northern Europe.

A group of international scientists discovered a correlation between the number of Vibrio infections, a type of bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses, and the warming Baltic Sea.  Findings show that for each year the sea surface temperature rose by one-degree, Vibrio cases increased by nearly 200 percent.

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