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by Stephanie Johannes As a pediatrician and a mother, I am particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change on maternal and child health. Pregnant women are especially at risk from heat because they have a higher body temperature to start with, and are “cooling for two”, which makes them more susceptible to dehydration, heat exhaustion,...
CleanAIRE NC is excited to announce that our health initiative, NC Clinicians for Climate Action, will spin-off and form its own clinician-led organization in November. There’s been a growing interest among health professionals in addressing the health impacts of climate change and we’re eager to facilitate that growth. CleanAIRE NC’s current Health Manager, pediatrician Stephanie Johannes,...
CleanAIRE NC Statement in response to Governor Cooper’s announced compromise with the General Assembly on energy policy legislation. CleanAIRE NC is encouraged to see that lawmakers have made some improvements to the state energy bill (HB 951) over the version that was first proposed earlier this summer. The current bill could go even further to...
by Joel Porter and Daisha Williams Last week CleanAIRE NC and SELC reached a settlement agreement with Align RNG and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that will improve community health protections at a proposed biogas plant in Sampson County. Align RNG has agreed to set new limits on air pollution coming from the...
Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT Kathleen Sullivan 919-945-7106 [email protected] Settlement sets new limits, improves monitoring on gas project to better protect community CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Eastern North Carolina will benefit from new operating limits and better monitoring that will provide greater protections against...
by Maria Sharova Earlier this year, our Citizen Science Program underwent a network review. While we were thinking about the next phase of our monitoring network, one of our partners at East Carolina University, Dr. Yoo Min Park, was hard at work distributing monitors in Pitt County. Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor of Geographic...
by Joel Porter The state of North Carolina has taken a monumental step in the fight against climate change. On July 13, the NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted to approve our petition for North Carolina to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI – pronounced ‘Reggie’). This is a huge win that will improve...
Methyl bromide is an incredibly dangerous air pollutant. Exposure to methyl bromide can damage our eyes, skin, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system. Yet despite the risks, this neurotoxin is commonly used through eastern North Carolina at log fumigation plants, endangering the health of the communities that surround these facilities. CleanAIRE NC worked for several...
by Kat Soltany In 1980, when Steve O’Neil was in the 6th grade, he gazed in awe as his teacher Mr. Jackson showed his class a solar-powered fan. The fan’s motor was connected to a small square solar panel, using energy from the sun to blow air into his face. Mr. Jackson then spoke about...
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