Greater air pollution and heat tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes

More and more of us–especially in urban areas–are exposed to greater air pollution and higher temperatures (factors of a changing climate). Based on a review of studies conducted between 2007 and 2019, one impact of this across the United States is a significant association with adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially impacting women with related health conditions and/or who are more likely to reside in these areas….

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Deaths by injuries in the U.S.–is there a connection to climate change?

Temperatures that differ from the long-term average over time–hotter or colder–will become more frequent as our climate changes. Hotter temperatures have been tied to increases in deaths by injuries in the United States. “In the present study, we used data on mortality and temperature over 38 years (1980–2017) in the contiguous USA and formulated a … model to quantify how anomalous temperatures … affect deaths from…

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Solar-powered water harvesting and purification

Quick bibliography: 5 reviews/recent articles on solar-powered water harvesting and purification. Classic review: Sampathkumar, K., Arjunan, T.V., Pritchandi, P., & Senthilkumar, P. (2010). Active solar distillation—A detailed review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14 (6), 1503-1526 . [PDF] [Cited by] “All over the world, access to potable water to the people are narrowing down day by day. Most of the human diseases are due to…

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How cities are/will be impacted by climate change

News: City life has changed and will change even more due to the impacts of climate change. Cities in the United States may face greater challenges than cities elsewhere due to complacency, denial, inadequate infrastructure, and other reasons. Yet, some U.S. cities are taking strong actions–despite the current U.S. Government Executive Branch. The climate changes that may have the greatest impact are higher temperatures/greater heat:…

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The heat island effect divides cities as well

News: It’s known that there is a “heat island effect” in urban areas–large buildings, industrial zones, uncovered parking lots, paved roads, densely-built areas, etc. amplify, absorb, and release summer heat making surrounding areas hotter than areas where there are parks, more trees, and more green spaces. But, it is not just cities versus rural areas where the heat island effect can be seen. Heat mapping…

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We need action

Land and water degradation, food and water supply shortages, drug-resistant infections from overuse of antibiotics, overuse of pesticides and disease, sea level rise affecting coastal areas, microplastics/single-use plastic pollution on land and in the oceans, rapidly melting ice at the Poles, heatwaves, droughts, extreme rainfall, powerful hurricanes, and more –> people and animals migrating, people and animals dying. It’s real, it’s happening now, and it’s…

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