climate pollutant health risk Articles

  • Fast Action to Reduce the Risks of Climate Change: U.S. Options to Limit Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

    Short-lived climate pollutants such as soot, methane and hydroflurorocarbons (HFCs) account for 30 to 40 percent of global warming to date. Targeted efforts to reduce these emissions can slow the pace of global warming and moderate climate impacts already underway, including the melting of sea ice and glaciers. By reducing local air pollution, such measures would also produce substantial public ...

  • Implications of global climate change for the assessment and management of human health risks of chemicals in the natural environment

    Global climate change (GCC) is likely to alter the degree of human exposure to pollutants and the response of human populations to these exposures, meaning that risks of pollutants could change in the future. The present study, therefore, explores how GCC might affect the different steps in the pathway from a chemical source in the environment through to impacts on human health and evaluates ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Climate Change in California: Health, Economic, and Equity Impacts

    CHAPTER 1: BACKGROUND Climate change presents significant problems for all of humanity. The question is no longer whether climate change is real. The question is what climate change means for individual communities, businesses, and constituencies. What groups are more vulnerable ...


    By Redefining Progress

  • The health impacts of climate change and variability in developing countries

    Health is a focus reflecting the combined impacts of climate change on the physical environment, ecosystems, the economic environment and society. Long-term changes in the world's climate may affect many requisites of good health - sufficient food, safe and adequate drinking water and secure dwelling. The current large-scale social and environmental changes mean that we must assign a much higher ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Climate change and human health in Latin America: drivers, effects, and policies

    Abstract  Many people would be increasingly affected by living under critical conditions in Latin America if, as expected, global warming aggravates disease and pest transmission processes. Heat waves and air pollution would increase heat-related diseases and illness episodes in large cities. Fire smoke has been associated with irritation of the throat, lung and eyes, and respiratory ...


  • Environment and human health

    In 2010, the comprehensive European environment - State and outlook 2010 report showed that environmental policies have delivered substantial progress in improving the state of the environment in Europe. However, it also stressed that major environmental challenges remain. Water and air pollution have declined but not enough to achieve good ecological quality in all water bodies or to ensure good ...

  • Indicators of Pollution Management

    'The definition and selection of environmental performance indicators is still at an early stage but the use of indicators is increasing, both for the tracking of trends in pollution and other environmental issues at a large scale (national or regional) and also for the monitoring of Bank projects. This note provides a framework to assist in the selection of appropriate indicators for pollution ...


  • Buying time - reducing diesel black carbon offers an immediate opportunity for climate and public health benefits

    As delegates from countries around the world congregated in Copenhagen this past December to consider global action to combat climate change, they confronted a political, scientific, technical, and economic issue of unprecedented complexity and scope. To avoid the worst impacts of global warming, many scientists say we must guard against two related but different risks: (1) the cumulative warming ...

  • King Coal’s Climate Challenge

    Coal is emerging as a major topic of conversation at the United Nations climate-change negotiations currently taking place in Warsaw – and rightly so. Indeed, it is a discussion that the world needs to have. The latest findings of the ...

  • The new climate economics

    This post was written by Lord Nicholas Stern, president of the British Academy, and Felipe Calderón, former president of Mexico and a WRI Board member. It originally appeared on Project Syndicate. This Friday, in its latest comprehensive ...

  • Stop trashing the climate

    In June, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) joined with Eco-Cycle and the Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) to release Stop Trashing the Climate, a report documenting the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting. Authored by Brenda Platt of ILSR, with coauthors Eric Lombardi of Eco-Cycle (Boulder, Colorado) and Dave Ciplet of GAIA, the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Help protect children from environmental risks

    October is Children’s Health Month. To heighten awareness about environmental issues impacting children, EPA is providing parents and caregivers simple tips they can use to help protect children in their homes, schools and communities.“As both EPA Administrator and a mother, I understand the importance of protecting our children from environmental threats,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • Environmental threats to children's health – a global problem

    Today's children are exposed to a wide range of environmental threats, whose consequences on health and development may appear early in life, throughout their youth and even later, in adulthood. Health problems linked to environmental hazards are multiplying and becoming more visible due to a rapidly changing environment, rapid population growth, overcrowding, fast industrialisation and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Good intentions may result in bad health

    President Obama’s stimulus investments in home energy efficiency may have the unintended consequence of increasing future medical costs. The stimulus bill contains $1500 tax credits for homeowners who install energy efficient doors, windows, and/or insulation. Studies in both the United States and England have shown that these home upgrades can reduce air infiltration by 50% in older homes, and ...


    By Tox Free Inc.

  • Tar oil pipeline’s hidden pollution danger

    The oil industry has high hopes of the US$5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which on completion is planned to carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sands in Alberta to refineries more than 2,000 miles away in Texas. With President Barack Obama saying he will approve Keystone only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution”, the pipeline’s future ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Environmental Risk Management Solutions Get Executive Attention

    Interest in corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues is at an all time high across North America and in Europe. Pressure by shareholders and concerned citizens has increased in response to the significant environmental risks now facing corporations, while companies must also respond to new regulations and standards that increasingly have real “teeth.” And nowhere are these issues ...


    By VisionMonitor Software, LLC

  • Natural Capital at Risk - The Top 100 Externalities of Business

    1. Foreward This report offers a high level perspective on the world’s biggest natural capital risks for business, investors and governments. To provide a business perspective, it presents natural capital risk in financial terms. In doing so, it finds that the world’s 100 biggest risks are costing the economy around $4.7 trillion per year in terms of the ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Air quality and ancillary benefits of climate change policies

    Untitled Document This report analyses projected changes in European air quality up to 2030. It explores the possible benefits of climate policies on air quality and the costs of air ...

  • Is the U.S. Insurance Industry Prepared for Climate Change?

    Analysis of first-ever industry-wide survey finds that only 23 of 184 companies have comprehensive climate change strategies, yet some leaders are emerging. Ceres proposes recommendations to insurers and regulators to maintain insurability in a warming world. 2012 was the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states and the second most extreme weather year in United States ...


    By Ceres

  • How Climate Change will affect your Work Conditions

    After the major discussions regarding Climate Change this month in Paris, 5 key points of the Paris Agreement on climate change are being presented: Limiting global temperature rise to “well below” 2 C Creation of the first universal climate agreement Providing help to poorer nations Each country ...


    By SafetySmart

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