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The 2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief on health and climate change impressively connects the puzzle pieces between climate change and profound threats to people in the US, highlighting the urgent need to act to limit these threats.

2019 Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief Pieces Together Climate Change’s Public Health Effects

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

The U.S. Policy Brief, which launches today, discusses the ways in which vulnerable and marginalized populations are negatively and disproportionately impacted by climate change. It also found that US energy-related carbon emissions rose in 2018, the largest increase in 8 years. Read more >

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Moss Landing Power Plant stacks visible behind the dunes.

Why Isn’t California Turning Down the Gas?

, Energy analyst

California is currently going through a short-term hiatus on shutting down gas plants due to emerging grid reliability concerns. But in the long term, the state is well positioned to continue turning down the gas.

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New Analysis Shows Government Lacks Plans to Save Endangered Species from Climate Change

, Research scientist

Today, a new analysis published in Nature Climate Change shows that the US government doesn’t have many plans to conserve hundreds of endangered species that are at-risk of being affected by climate change. The analysis finds that 99.8% of the 459 US animals listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are at risk of having their populations further decrease under a changing climate. However, the two agencies in charge of managing conservation of these species, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), have plans to manage the effects of climate change for only 18% of them. Read more >

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Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in Maryland

, Senior vehicles engineer

Most people know that cars, trucks, and buses from our highways and city streets are a significant source of harmful air pollution. While this pollution impacts all communities in the state to some degree, Marylanders who face the greatest exposure to transportation pollution are those who live near highways, along major freight corridors, and in urban areas.

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