Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs
Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit.Source: Energy News Network
Two Heart Medications Tied to Greater Heart Attack Risk During Very Hot Weather
A new Yale study found that, among people suffering non-fatal heart attacks associated with hot weather, an outsize portion were taking beta-blockers or antiplatelet medication. The study doesn’t prove that these medications caused the heart attacks, nor that they make people more vulnerable to heart attack. Although it’s possible that they did increase the risk of heart attacks triggered by hot weather, it’s also possible that patients’ underlying heart disease explains both the prescriptions and the higher susceptibility to heart attack during hot weather.
Climate Change and Energy Insecurity Are Impacting Connecticut Residents’ Health
The environmental impacts of climate change and a complex and often inefficient network of energy assistance programs are negatively affecting the health and well-being of Connecticut residents already burdened by the state’s soaring utility costs, according to a new report.
Drought Linked to Higher Diarrhea Risk in Children
Diarrhea is a leading killer of young children around the world, and cases often rise after heavy rains and flooding. But diarrhea risks can also increase in dry conditions, an ominous sign as the world continues to get warmer due to climate change.
From carbon capture to infectious disease: Planetary Solutions Project seed grants span disciplines to address global environmental challenges
In April, Yale University awarded nearly $1.5 million to 21 proposals in its inaugural round of Planetary Solutions Project seed grants; here, for the first time, these proposals are described in detail.Source: Yale Planetary Solutions Project
Outdoor performances explore issues of fracking and climate change
On May 19, the gentle woodlands of Yale’s West Campus will be transformed into the rugged foothills of Appalachia as Kentucky-based Clear Creek Creative launches the first of four outdoor performances of its environmental, spiritual and cultural parable Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man.
Connecticut should seek zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says study from Yale and Save the Sound
"Climate Action Plan 2022: Cut Emissions & Build a Healthy Connecticut," a collaboration between Save the Sound and the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, identifies a short list of critical policies that the Connecticut legislature should pass to ensure the state meets its greenhouse gas reduction targets in an equitable waySource: New Haven Register
New Report Details Steps Needed to Build Climate Resilience in Vulnerable Connecticut Communities
A new report on climate resilience in Connecticut is recommending that the state take more steps to dismantle underlying inequality that makes vulnerable communities more susceptible to the effects of climate change. The report, a collaboration between the Yale School of the Environment, the Yale School of Public Health Center on Climate Change and Health, and Vermont Law School, details ways the state can mitigate the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities, which are facing the challenges of disproportionate exposure to climate change, increased underlying stressors, and limited access to recovery resources.Source: YSE 3
How Does Climate Change Affect Human Health?
Every human being on the planet is — and will continue to be — affected by massive changes to our collective living environment. Some experts, including Dr. Robert Dubrow, faculty director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, consider climate change to be “the biggest health threat facing humanity.” Dr. Dubrow and other experts discussed the effects of climate change on human health, including physical health risks and mental health impacts.Source: Discover Magazine
Yale psychologist: How to cope in a world of climate disasters, trauma and anxiety
Climate change anxiety results in intense emotions that are valid. Dr. Sarah Lowe, clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health, shares advice for when to recognize that anxiety has become problematic.Source: CNBC