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A healthy environment leads to human well-being. Can we leverage the climate crisis for planetary health?

The Pearl in the Oyster – Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human and Planetary Health

We may be able to leverage the threats posed by environmental degradation in a way the could contribute to human health and galvanize action on climate change. The deteriorating state of our environment has prompted research that shows how the preservation of the natural world augments our physical and mental wellbeing. Adverse health impacts from climate change combined with the…

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The blood stream after infection from Dengue. The link between human health and climate change is increasingly better understood.

Human Health and Climate Change

The link between human health and climate change Climate change makes us sick both physically and mentally. We often hear about the economic costs associated with climate change, however, the physical and mental toll is often overlooked. Research reveals that the adverse impacts of climate change can have serious implications for people’s physical and emotional well being. In 2012, it…

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More warming is causes by increased number and intensity of wildfires

The Dangerous Feedback Loop Between Wildfires and Climate Change

In North America, wildfires are destroying vast swaths of forest and creating massive plumes of smoke which extend across the continent and all the way to the Mid-Atlantic. In Canada, there are huge fires raging in B.C., the Northwest Territories, and Ontario. As of August 6, a total of 3,840 wildfires have destroyed over 3,508,582 million acres so far this year. As…

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The California drought is "exceptional" in nearly the entire state and continues to worsen. Is this a global harbinger of things to come?

California’s Drought is a Global Warning

California drought is “exceptional” and getting worse While many places in the U.S. suffer from drought, no state is suffering more than California. For three years, the nation’s most populace state has been enduring one of the worst droughts since record-keeping started in 1885. The long stretch of subnormal precipitation dates back to 2011. In 2012, the drought had already reached historic proportions…

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Blood Falls in Antarctica - one of the lesser known effects of climate change

Ten Lesser Known Effects of Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

The effects of climate change and environmental abuse are far ranging and may include some pretty strange phenomenon. A number of studies show the wide assortment of deleterious impacts from climate change, including increasing heat waves, drought, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme weather, storm surges, and wildfires. While climate change and environmental abuse is already causing death and disease, there…

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Leave climate change deniers to the lunatic fringe

U.S. Climate Denial Will Not Die Quietly

Those engaged in efforts to enlighten climate deniers can learn a great deal from the long history of the anti-evolution movement. Almost one hundred years ago this month, a young high school teacher by the name of John Thomas Scopes went on trial for teaching Darwinian evolution. To this day, the science of evolution has been under siege. Climate denial is like resistance to evolution in that it is an irrational…

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Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster has awakened the public to the dangers of moving oil by trains - but can it lead to the end of oil trains?

The End of Oil Trains?

This week people from across North America and around the world are commemorating the one year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. There is growing concern about the dangers shipping oil by rail and increased public calls to reign-in oil trains. The environmental and emotional legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil…

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