Climate Mitigation

PHI Hosts Regional Convenings for a California Public Policy Action Plan for
Climate Change

Strong synergies exist between addressing climate change and promoting 
public health, yet climate change mitigation and adaption policies do not
 always harness these opportunities to achieve win-win
 solutions. The atmosphere in California is ripe for synergistic efforts and
 knowledge sharing focused on climate change and public health. Work
 continues throughout the state to reduce emissions from transportation, building energy use, waste, and land use patterns.

California’s First Regional “Sustainable Communities Strategy” to Address Climate Change is Nearly Out – To Mixed Reviews

As the second highest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, the U.S. has a special responsibility to go green, a responsibility the nation has not yet committed to meeting.  But doing so could also help address one of its biggest challenges: rampant chronic disease, with the attendant health care costs, lost productivity and decreased years and quality of life.  While the nation as a whole drags its heels, places within it are working to lead the way.  In 2006, California passed groundbreaking legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Strengthen Global Agriculture – Invest in Women

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Imagespoke at an event during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The event, titled Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security, consisted of a panel of leaders from the UN, civil society, private sector, and government.

A Report Out, from UN "Climate Change and NCDs" Panel

PHI's Jeff Meer provides a report out from the panel discussion "Climate Change and NCDs: Creating a Climate for Health" at this week's High Level Meeting convened by the United Nations.  The meeting focuses on noncommunicable disease, and the panel discussion looked at the intersection of NCDs with work to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.  Learn more about the panel, and take a look at some of the powerpoint presentations, heard by representatives from around the globe.

Climate Change and Noncommunicable Diseases: Two Winnable Battles

WHO Noncommunicable Disease (NCD)What if addressing our most pressing environmental challenges such as climate change could also put us on course to reducing the global burden of disease, particularly the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that caused 63% of global deaths in 2008?

A fiscal case for a carbon tax

ImageBenjamin Schreiber, a climate and energy tax analyst with Friends of the Earth, published a guest post on Grist today arguing that  a tax on carbon could and should be a part of the federal government's strategy to rein in the deficit.

GOP budget would slash global climate work

ImageAmid all of the chaos around budget and debt ceiling talks in Washington, you may not have noticed that the 2012 Foreign Operations budget was in the mix. But we did. That’s because funding for global health and climate aid are at risk.

Support clean cars in Oakland!

The California Air Resources Board will host the final of three community workshops to gather public input on its upcoming Advanced Clean Car standards that could dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions in new vehicles sold in California. The meeting will take place July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Elihu M.

Solar roofs keep you cooler by day, warmer by night

ImageSolar panels don't just help create less polluting forms of energy; they also keep buildings cool, protecting residents from the effects of heat waves. A new study out of UC San Diego found that a solar-arrayed building’s ceiling was a full 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler during the day than one under an exposed roof. 

Benefits from new power plant regulations much bigger than EPA estimates

ImageWe wrote yesterday that the true costs of carbon — in health and environmental impacts — is far greater than the government figures. It turns out that the true costs of mercury and toxics pollution from power plants — regulations which the EPA recently tightened — is also far greater than the government had estimated.

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