Climate Change Recent Reports and Resources
The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment
A recent report released from the White House addresses the public and environmental health impacts of climate change. The report was informative and helped bridge the gap between climate change and environmental health. NEHA’s Director or Government Affairs, Joanne Zurcher, was at the White House during the live streamed event and NEHA members were invited to participate in the exclusive White House call that followed the publicized live streaming event.
During the call NEHA members were able to engage in a question and answer session with the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John P. Holdren, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Also during the call the report was summarized to cover key findings about climate change and its effects on public and environmental health.
The President's Clean Power Plan
Historic carbon pollution standards were introduce by President Obama in August of 2015.
"Environmental health professionals work in your communities to protect your air, food, and water. The President’s Clean Power Plan builds on our profession’s efforts to create safe and healthy communities by limiting carbon pollution from power plants, which will improve and protect the public’s health now and for years to come. We welcome and support this significant milestone." David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH
Executive Director, NEHA
Article by The Lancet Climate Commission:
The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change issued “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” with the imperative that “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” The Commission reaffirms the severity of the threat climate change poses to health globally, but adds support for action, finding that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. This report examines the latest health data and arrives at ground-breaking conclusions."
"With the increasing frequency weather-related events such as the tornado and flood warnings that hit Denver (June 25), it is heartening to see climate change getting the attention it deserves. Environmental health professionals have been on the frontline and have witnessed firsthand the real health effects of climate change that have been reported in the Lancet Commission Report on Health and Climate (June 23, 2015). Our members are the experts who work tirelessly to make our communities safer and healthier places to live and will no doubt be instrumental in the actions suggested in the Lancet." David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH, Executive Director, NEHA
“This is an important time in environmental health — the health threats from climate change are probably the most critical environmental health issue today. Environmental health professionals are the ones working to protect people's health and its environment—air quality, healthy homes, water, built environment, food safety/security, and more. NEHA supports the Lancet report that ‘tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.’ This is a priority for NEHA.” Vanessa DeArman, Sustainability Project Coordinator, NEHA
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Franci Father Francis on Care for our Common Home:
On May 24, 2015 Pope Francis became the first pope to ever address climate change.