The Urgency of the Climate Challenge

Achieving the ambitious goal of reducing emissions requires tried and tested policies, international cooperation, ecosystem stewardship and inclusive governance. These efforts can be accelerated by local governments. “The Urgency of the Climate Challenge”Keeping global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius will require all countries to rapidly decarbonize their economies and remove carbon from the atmosphere. This is a moral imperative…

Climate Change and Public Health

“Climate Change and Public Health” Climate change impacts health by changing people’s exposure to hazards (environmental factors) and their ability to adapt or respond to them (personal factors). Health threats include exacerbated or worsening preexisting medical conditions, increased stressors, and new problems like heat-related illnesses and flooding. Communities of color, low income and immigrant groups often experience disproportionate impacts from…

The Impact of Deforestation on Climate Change

“The Impact of Deforestation on Climate Change” Large swaths of the world’s forests are cleared every year to make way for commodity crops like beef and palm oil. This deforestation releases massive amounts of GHGs and also alters local and global precipitation patterns, making it a major contributor to climate change. The modeled temperature response to deforestation in high, mid…