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The impact of climate change on public health policies | The Mandarin

the impact of climate change on public health policies | the mandarin

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Australia is predicted to face significant public health challenges as a direct result of climate change. The Australian Medical Journal officially declared climate change a health emergency in September 2019, citing “clear scientific evidence indicating severe impacts for our patients and communities now and into the future”.
Public health policy in Australia will play an integral role in minimising the impact of climate change on human health. But considering the complexity and far-reaching impacts of climate change, this will require an unprecedented level of expertise among healthcare leaders.
It’s crucial that public health policies be developed with a sound understanding of climate change and health, so Australia’s public healthcare system is prepared for what lies ahead.
Addressing urgent health issues
Identifying the most urgent health issues related to climate change and public health is a crucial step in future-proofing Australia’s healthcare system. This will allow for the development of appropriate policies so the adverse health impacts of climate change can be minimised as much as possible.
In a report on the impacts of changes in the environment, The Australian Academy of Science highlighted the following areas of concern related to climate change and health:

Temperature-related mortality rates – Heatwaves …

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In Focus: As climate change worsens, combined sewers pose new issues

in focus: as climate change worsens, combined sewers pose new issues

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Evanston’s sewer system has been flooded with problems for decades.As early as 1902, the city’s commissioner of public works declared the sewer system to be “inadequate in size and depth to serve the demands of the city.” Almost a century later, Evanston City Council approved a program in 1990, revamping the sewer system to reduce property damage created when sewage backed up into residents’ basements.
And, now, the sewer system is featured in the city’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan as an area to improve as the threat of climate change in Chicagoland grows. According to CARP, scientific data suggests climate change could increase the number and impact of damaging floods.
Such floods could lead to sewage backups known as combined sewer overflows, or CSOs — times when stormwater overwhelms the sewage treatment system. When the sewer system gets overwhelmed, untreated wastewater can get released into Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, causing environmental damage and numerous potential public health hazards, such as contaminated drinking water.
While the city has taken numerous steps to combat CSOs, City Council in April awarded a contract for a stormwater analysis of Evanston, through which staff hope to find where rainwater poses the …

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Mitloehner clears the air on fossil fuels, cattle & climate change

mitloehner clears the air on fossil fuels, cattle & climate change

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Climate change — the rhetoric linking cattle to climate change seems to have quieted down in light of the pandemic, but I anticipate it will ramp up again in full force in the near future.

And while the loss of life, liberty and jobs seems to be the most pertinent of conversation topics right now, air quality, especially in major metropolis areas, has been another keen observation by many.

Related: Cattle & Climate Part 2: Research reveals beliefs on meat & environmentSo what does that mean when we begin to look at the true culprits of greenhouse gas emissions?

Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist at the University of California Davis in the Department of Animal Science.

Related: War on burgers continues with false environmental impact claimsAlso known as the Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner works tirelessly to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the impact of animal agriculture on the planet. He recently spoke at the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience, and today’s blog will highlight some of the best gems from his presentation.

It is my hope that by sharing this information, we’ll all be better equipped to debunk some of the misconceptions about cattle and climate. Feel …

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Medical groups urge G20 to focus on climate change with COVID-19 aid packages

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TORONTO —
A group of medical associations representing more than 40 million health professionals from around the world is urging the G20 governments to focus on addressing public health and climate change when it comes to economic recovery packages for COVID-19.

More than 350 medical groups, including the World Medical Association, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, the Canadian Medical Association and the Conseil des medecins, dentistes et pharmaciens are asking the governments to prioritize clean air, fresh water and public health when considering stimulus packages for their economies.

“A truly healthy recovery will not allow pollution to continue to cloud the air we breathe and the water we drink,” the letter reads in part. “It will not permit unabated climate change and deforestation, potentially unleashing new health threats upon vulnerable populations.”

Dr. Courtney Howard, the board president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, told CTVNews.ca that she hopes the Canadian government works to stimulate the economy through eco-friendly projects such as installing electric vehicle charging stations, improving public transit infrastructure and creating more green space in urban centres.

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Atlanta Companies Can Fight Climate Change and Help Georgia’s Rural Economy

atlanta companies can fight climate change and help georgia’s rural economy

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Deron Davis, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia
Georgia’s iconic forestlands are vital to the state’s economy and quality of life. These forests benefit us all by filtering air and water, harboring wildlife, and boosting local economies through the creation of jobs and domestically produced forest products.  They also play a role in fighting climate change by storing carbon, the most commonly produced greenhouse gas. 
The business community is increasingly taking action to address its climate impact, with a clear eye on the potential long-term benefits to corporate reputations, financial bottom lines, and social responsibility. Corporate change is often driven by investors, employees, and customers advocating for corporations to reduce their carbon footprints. For example, Amazon’s $100 million commitment to restore and protect forests, wetlands, and grasslands in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is part of the company’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2040 —10 years ahead of the 2050 target outlined in the Paris climate agreement. Many corporations are already relying on carbon credits— tradeable permits created by projects that store, capture or eliminate carbon emissions—to offset the carbon dioxide they create in the course of business and many more are looking to those credits to …

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Letter: Climate change is another crisis we need a cure for

letter: climate change is another crisis we need a cure for

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As we face the daily challenges of dealing with COVID-19, we hold out hope for a vaccine. That vaccine will require scientific discovery and technological innovation. Meanwhile, we can’t just sit back and wait for the vaccine but must apply principles of public health to reduce our risks.
In addition to the formidable coronavirus, we face another crisis: our changing climate. Like COVID-19, we hope for a “cure,” a way of living without spewing CO2 and other heat-trapping gasses into the atmosphere. We hope for innovation to solve the problem, but meanwhile must reduce emissions with the tools we have.
President Donald Trump has created “Operation Warp Speed” to facilitate the development of a vaccine. Similarly, we need policy to facilitate a “warp speed” transition to a zero-carbon economy. HB763, the federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, is an important first step. This bill will put a price on fossil fuels and return the proceeds to all Americans. It will stimulate innovation while motivating everyone to make lower carbon choices.
While COVID-19 is taking its toll, the earth is also getting dangerously warmer. Let’s tackle both problems with sound science and effective policy.
David Folland
Sandy

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Climate change is making tropical storms more severe. It will only get worse.

climate change is making tropical storms more severe. it will only get worse.

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In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston.

By Gwynne Dyer, Opinion regular contributor •
May 25, 2020 6:00 am

I’ve never really believed the story climate crusaders tell to explain why so many people don’t get the message. You know, the one where if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will hop right out, whereas if you just turn the heat up slowly it won’t notice. It will stay there and boil to death.
I’ve never actually tried the experiment, but surely not even frogs are that stupid. And I’m pretty sure human beings aren’t.

So why didn’t the good people of Houston start campaigning against global heating after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 left a third of their city underwater?
Why didn’t the citizens of the Philippines demand that their country end its heavy reliance on burning coal for power after Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 6,300 of them in 2013?
Why weren’t the survivors in the state of Orissa up in arms about India’s greenhouse gas emissions after …

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Climate change critical issue in Eden-Monaro byelection as 6 in 10 voters say more action needed by government

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Australian politics

About the same number would more likely vote for candidate who supported local publicly-funded renewable energy projects, poll finds

Bushfires swept through many of the towns in the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro. Six of seven voters polled said they had been heavily affected by the summer disaster.
Photograph: Andrew Quilty/The Guardian

The Morrison government will come under pressure over climate change in the looming byelection in Eden-Monaro, with a new poll showing six in 10 voters in the seat believe the Coalition is not doing enough to tackle the problem.
The polling, commissioned by the progressive activist group GetUp, also illustrates the far-reaching impact of the summer of bushfires across the key New South Wales electorate, with nearly six in seven people surveyed saying they were affected in some way.
The Liberals fired the starting gun on their campaign on Sunday as their newly preselected candidate, Dr Fiona Kotvojs, sought to emphasise her green credentials by saying she had solar panels on her house and believed “that humans contribute to that changing climate”.

Kotvojs – who narrowly fell short of winning the seat at the 2019 election – has been criticised in the past for playing down the central role of …

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Snow is turning green in Antarctica — and climate change will make it worse

snow is turning green in antarctica — and climate change will make it worse

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Multi-coloured snow algae is seen on Anchorage Island, Antarctica, in 2018. (Matt Davey)(CNN) — Green snow created by blooming algae in the Antarctic Peninsula is likely to spread as temperatures increase as a result of climate change, researchers have said, after creating the first large-scale map of the organisms and their movements.Satellite data gathered between 2017 and 2019, combined with on-the-ground measurements over two summers in Antarctica, allowed scientists to map the microscopic algae as they bloomed across the snow of the Antarctic Peninsula.Warming temperatures could create more “habitable” environments for the algae, which need wet snow to grow in, researchers told CNN.Green snow alga is microscopic when measured individually, but when the organisms grow simultaneously, they turn the snow bright green, and can even be spotted from space, researchers said in a study published in the Nature Communications journal on Wednesday.Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey used European Space Agency satellite data with measurements from Antarctica’s Ryder Bay, Adelaide Island, the Fildes Peninsula and King George Island.Patches of green snow algae can be found along the Antarctic coastline, usually in “warmer” areas, where average temperatures are a little above zero degrees …

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