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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Climate Change

Join Our Climate Health Action Team

PSR-NY is forming a New York Climate Health Action Team (CHAT) to build momentum and support for clean energy solutions in New York State.  By meeting and joining other CHATs across the nation, team members will learn essential skills to help them work with other health professionals and local and state policymakers.  Nationally, the CHAT holds monthly webinars on different themes.  You’re invited to join them.  You’ll find information on the CHATs and can sign-up here.

Health Impacts 


Climate change is one of the biggest threats to human and planetary health today.  Climate-related health effects are growing in incidence and severity.  Learn more about them here.


EPA Clean Power Plan 

In 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 30% by 2030, especially from coal-fired plants, which are a leading source of carbon emissions.  Here’s a map of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for each state.  It calls for New York to cut its emissions 44% by 2030.  Under the Clean Power Plan each state will create a State Implementation Plan by June 2016, laying out how it can meet its carbon reduction targets.  

In this recent PSR webinar, Jonathan Levy, ScD, of Boston University School of Public Health, presented the study he coauthored quantifying state-by-state health benefits from implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Representing Health Concerns at the People’s Climate March 

PSR-NY members were part of the health professional contingent of the People’s Climate March, held September 21st, 2014 in New York City, joining other healthcare professionals and health advocates to represent health and mental health concerns.  Here’s a brief dispatch from the March by PSR NY’s Shannon Gearhart, MD, MPH.


Resources

Climate Change and Public Health
New York Climate and Health Project, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Page Updated April 14, 2017