New ALA Report: Coal-fired power plants threaten human health
The American Lung Association today released Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants, a new report that documents the range of hazardous air pollutants emitted from power plants and the urgent need to clean them up to protect public health. The report highlights the wide range of uncontrolled pollutants from these plants including: toxic metals and metal-like substances such as arsenic and lead; mercury; dioxins; chemicals known or thought to cause cancer, including formaldehyde, benzene and radioisotopes; and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to issue a proposal to cleanup this toxic pollution by March 16.
Of particular interest is the map pictured above that illustrates Michigan fine particle pollution. It can be found in the full report (PDF).
APHA holds webinar series about the Public Health Role in Climate Change
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting a webinar series right now called Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role (click "Climate Change") in collaboration with CDC, NACCHO, ASTHO, and NEHA. The focus of the series is about state and local public health practices and how public health tools can enhance the capacity of health departments to address climate change. Their first session, A Look at State and Local Climate Change Action Planning, took place last week on March 3rd. If you missed it and would like to see the recorded webinar, email me and I can share my link and login information with you. Future installations include “Making the Connection between U.S. and International Climate Change Efforts”. To request the free guidebook from last year’s series that focused on climate science, health risk communication and adaptation strategies, click here.
VIDEO - Health Care Without Harm: the role of Healthcare Systems in Mitigating Climate Pollution
Watch for yourself. Here is one highlight quote from Gary Cohen, founder and president of Health Care Without Harm:
Health care needs to transform itself to be a greater force for healing on the planet. To not only be concerned with healing its patients but to be concerned with healing the larger community and the environment that sustains us all.
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