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Spring Learning Resources

This month, we offer you a selection of new studies and resources for engaging on climate change & health issues relevant in Maryland. 

We recommend adding the reports below to your summer reading list. Make sure to check out The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's recent
 Maryland Climate & Health Profile and Rebecca Ruggles' newest publication, Advocating for Health in a Warming World: A Health Advocate’s Perspective.

Our state agencies are working together with advocates, communities, and industry to reach the new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act targets, passed during the 2016 legislative session. We hope to see you at a Maryland Commission on Climate Change Meeting soon; they are all open to the public for input.

Rebecca, Allison, and Rebecca

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Maryland Releases 2016 Climate and Health Report

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released the Maryland Climate and Health Profile Report, a collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the DHMH's Environmental Health Bureau. The report projects the likely public health impacts of climate change in Maryland, in four pilot jurisdictions (Wicomico, Prince George's, and Washington Counties, and Baltimore City) and across the state.  

Advocating for Health in a Warming World

MdEHN Director Rebecca Ruggles published Advocating for Health in a Warming World: A Health Advocate’s Perspective in the peer-reviewed journal Health Security. Open access to the journal’s special issue on climate and security is available for the next month and provides research on community resiliency and the protection of people’s health before and after epidemics.

Maryland Public Comment on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The first Maryland-specific stakeholder meeting for the 2016 RGGI program review is on May 27th from 10 AM - 12 PM at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland (1800 Washington Blvd). 

Attendees will get background information from MDE, and have opportunity to engage in the discussion about a carbon cap and implementation of funds generated by RGGI. Call into the meeting: (605) 475-4000, access code 997763#. 

New USGCRP Report: Climate Change Growing Threat to Human Health

The United States Global Change Research Program released a new assessment of a growing public health threat, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The report draws on decades of physical science to review the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare, and highlights factors that make some individuals and communities particularly vulnerable.

Children are Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Special Report from The Future of Children

This issue of The Future of Children, a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, outlines the likely consequences of climate change on child health and wellbeing and identifies policies that could mitigate negative impacts.

Play-In for Climate Action

Save the date for the Moms Clean Air Force third annual Play-In for Climate Action on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, on the grounds of the US Capitol in Washington DC. This family friendly rally seeks children's health advocates to attend and join the call for a clean energy future.

Maryland's Commission on Climate Change

Have you been following the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) and its work groups? MdEHN staff will be at MCCC's workgroup meetings this summer to raise issues of equity and health in the state's climate change programs. View the calendar of upcoming meetings, all are open to the public for input.
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