A look at the colliding dangers of extreme weather–with a focus on extreme heat–and COVID-19, and a few ways in which Congress can bring relief to the millions in the path of both threats. Read more >
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May 6, 2020 5:56 PM EDT
Maps Showing Where Most Vulnerable Are Hardest-Hit by COVID-19 in the US Point to Deepening Injustice
April 20, 2020 5:08 PM EDT
Environmental hazards threaten people all over the world. Among these are air and water pollution from industrial and toxic hazards, extreme weather events made worse by climate change, and public health threats like the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The impacts of these hazards are inequitably distributed among the population, and loss of life and property are usually higher among persons in vulnerable communities.
In this post, I present maps of places where COVID-19 intersects with vulnerable populations. But first, let’s look at the reasons why there are so many inequities in impacts among the population.
Para enfrentar la pandemia del coronavirus necesitamos escuchar a los científicos y mantener el distanciamiento social
March 17, 2020 3:01 PM EDT
La pandemia global del coronavirus ha transformado nuestras vidas en cuestión de días, y es muy probable que se prolongue el estado de emergencia por semanas o tal vez meses debido a la facilidad de transmisión del virus que causa la enfermedad COVID-19. La comunidad Latina estará entre las más afectadas. Read more >
Forest Service Budget Cuts Will Deprive US Communities of Forestry Science that Improves Climate Resilience
February 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
“Trees are the answer.” The maxim was on a sticker on my PhD mentor’s office door at Arizona State University (ASU). But what was the question? Turns out, there were a lot of them.
- How to reduce extreme heat in cities? More trees can provide shading and absorb humidity, contributing to lowering the heat index.
- How to improve urban air quality? More trees that can breathe in more air pollutants.
- How to stabilize coastal areas from erosion and reduce flooding from hurricanes? Protect mangrove trees and the ecosystems that sustain them, nurture them to grow strong roots, and they will act as barriers against storm surge and even tsunamis. Read more >
February 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT
Las protecciones ambientales están en peligro debido al empeño del gobierno del presidente Trump en ignorar la ciencia y eliminar las políticas públicas que protegen la salud de todas y todas y en especial de las niñas y los niños. Read more >