Environmental Health (News)

Rising Seas and Extreme Weather: Communities in Harm’s Way Want U.S. to Act Now

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 2:42pm

Editor’s Note: This editorial was produced in association with New America Media (www.newamericamedia.org), a national association of ethnic media, and was published by ethnic media across the country to bring attention to the urgency of addressing climate change.
U.S. public concern about climate change has waned. The climate change summit in Copenhagen – largely viewed as a failure – did little to elevate the issue among the public. Climate change is foremost among the concerns of our communities. It is our responsibility, as the media that serve them, to call for action on this urgent matter. For many ethnic Americans whose family members are at the frontlines of global warming back in their home countries, climate change is a life-and-death issue.

If no action is taken, immigrants will continue to see their family members back in their home countries bear the brunt of rising sea levels and devastating cyclones.

Copenhagen Accord: A Bad Deal Waiting to Happen

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 2:06pm

Copenhagen - The climate negotiation in the Fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen has come to a sour end. The world's high expectation for a meaningful and binding agreement is doused with icy cold water by a non-binding deal dubbed as "Copenhagen Accord" - a deal primarily brokered by the most powerful and leading polluter country in the world -- the United States.


UN Should be Sidelined in Future Climate Talks, Says Obama Official

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 1:46pm

America sees a diminished role for the United Nations in trying to stop global warming after the "chaotic" Copenhagen climate change summit, an Obama administration official said today.

Jonathan Pershing, who helped lead talks at Copenhagen, instead sketched out a future path for negotiations dominated by the world's largest polluters such as China, the US, India, Brazil and South Africa, who signed up to a deal in the final hours of the summit. That would represent a realignment of the way the international community has dealt with climate change over the last two decades.

Preventing disparities at forefront of health care reform

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 1:35pm
Federally funded security guards at dangerous neighborhood parks. Federal grants to poor neighborhoods to build grocery stores or to keep school gyms open after hours.

These are the types of unprecedented — yet uncontroversial — disease prevention initiatives whose inclusion has been lost in the rancorous debate over health care reform legislation working its way through Congress.

Reclaiming health: Residents battle to overcome health inequities

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 1:30pm

A church boardroom seems like an oasis in an area so crime-ridden that iron fences topped with spikes protect most homes. Inside the church, residents settle into padded leather chairs to plan a better future for the East Oakland neighborhood of Sobrante Park. They want to reduce crime, decrease neighborhood blight, and reopen a park closed years ago after a homicide.


In East Bay, where pollution goes, health problems follow

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 1:24pm
In an unusual move, Contra Costa Health Services employees have begun to advise low-income families on the best way to manage their finances. The innovative approach, dubbed BEST, is needed, health leaders say, to tackle the East Bay's widespread health inequities.

Three East Bay ZIP codes, life-and-death disparities

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 1:17pm

On most Saturday mornings, Richard Angelis hops onto his bicycle to join his biking group, the Alamo Crazies, for their weekly ride through rural Contra Costa County. He lives in Walnut Creek on a tree-lined street in ZIP code 94597, where life expectancy is 87.4 years, the highest in any ZIP code in the East Bay.

"I always look forward to my Saturday morning rides," said Angelis, a fit 58-year-old who bikes about 70 miles a week. "It's a good stress relief after working all week."


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