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Climate Change Impacts from the National Climate Assessment: Focus on Effects of Extreme Heat on Human Health

June 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Extreme Weather and Health

Summer is around the corner, and with it comes some welcome warm weather and some not-so-welcome heat waves. After living in Arizona for almost 20 years and now living in Washington, DC, I know what it’s like to go through a long string of uncomfortably hot days.[read more]

Beyond Shellfish, Ocean Acidification is Bad for People

December 7, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

There's a predictable arc to many environmental debates. Step 1: Scientists observe a change in the natural world due to human activity. Step 2: A discussion ensues about what this change might mean for the natural world. Step 3: What does this observed change mean for people?[read more]

International Cancer Research Body Declares Soot Pollution a Known Carcinogen

October 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

A new report from the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency has recently announced the classification of outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as known human carcinogens, after independently reviewing over 1,000 studies on air pollution across five continents.[read more]