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Three hurricanes forming in the Atlantic in 2017. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

Hurricane Season 2018 Begins: Will it be Different From Last Year’s?

, climate scientist

Hurricane season starts Friday June 1st. I compare this year’s hurricane forecast to last year’s. Here’s how 2018 may be different. Read more >

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SNAP is a boon to urban and rural economies—and small-town stores may not survive cuts

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

In case you missed it, Congress is in the midst of a pretty major food fight. At the center of it is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the first line of defense against hunger for more than 21 million American households. Going forward, however, an estimated 2 million people stand to lose SNAP benefits if the farm bill proposal passed by the House Agriculture Committee last month becomes law. The bill’s draconian work requirements and eligibility changes threaten to upend the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. But it could also deliver a serious blow to the economic vitality of many rural and small-town communities, in an economic domino effect that often starts at the local grocery store.

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Factory worker in a car assembly line.

Newsflash: Better Fuel Efficiency is Good For Jobs

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Keeping the fuel standards strong is the best way to help grow jobs and support our economy.  Investing in technology advancement in the auto industry and saving consumers money on fuel – both outcomes of clean car standards – help to create jobs and make our economy stronger. Read more >

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The Senate Tax Bill: Just Say No

, director of strategy & policy

By the end of this week, the Senate is expected to vote on the tax cut bill. At least six Republican Senators are reported to have serious concerns about the bill, either because they fear it would add too much to the deficit or because it favors large corporations more than small business owners. If three or more of those Senators end up opposing the bill (and no Democrats break ranks and support it), the bill will die.  For the reasons outlined below, it should. Read more >

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Our nation’s oldest, largest, and most highly respected public health organization—The American Public Health Association—begins its 2017 conference on November 4. Photo: Courtesy of APHA

On Climate Change, a Major Public Health Conference Stands in Stark Contrast to the Trump Administration

, executive director

The Trump administration may be hell-bent on sidelining any effort to address global climate change—or even have an intelligent conversation about it—but the public health community is having none of it.  Read more >

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