June 22, 2010
RAND Briefing to California Delegation on Health Costs of Air Pollution,
As you may know, RAND recently published a study that estimates spending on hospital care in California due to the harmful health effects of air pollution. The lead author of the report, John Romley, will be in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 24, to brief findings from the research to California delegation staff. The briefing is from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 234 Cannon House Office Building. It is sponsored by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Congressman David Dreier
The harmful health effects of air pollution are well understood. Less is known about the cost burden that these effects impose on the health care system. RAND researchers addressed these questions by estimating spending on hospital care in California due to the failure to meet federal and state standards for particulate matter and ozone emissions. More people in California live in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards than in any other state.
The analysis found that:
* Failing to meet federal air quality standards led to nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and emergency room visits in California from 2005 through 2007.
* The resulting spending was about $193 million over the three-year period.
* Public insurers Medicare and Medi-Cal spent the most-$104 million and $28 million, respectively-and private insurers spent $56 million.
The results suggest that publicly funded insurers as well as employers and private insurers would benefit financially from reductions in air pollution.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-413-1100 ext. 5196, if you would like to schedule a meeting with Mr. Romley for a separate meeting.
June 15, 2010
Critical Issues in Climate Change
The Green Economy and Clean Energy: Implications from the Gulf Oil Spill
-Thursday, June 17, 9:00 a.m., Columbus Room, Union Station-
Oil in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Reuters)
Over the past two months, millions of gallons of oil have flowed into the Gulf of Mexico – the most catastrophic oil spill ever. The extent of the damage it has created is still unclear, but a severe impact has already been seen in wildlife populations, polluted shorelines and illnesses experience by local residents and clean-up workers.
In light of this ongoing crisis, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies chose to focus the first Critical Issues in Climate Change Speaker Series around the oil spill and its implications to the growing green economy and movement toward clean energy.
According to the Joint Center’s official statement on the Gulf oil spill, “Without addressing energy sovereignty in the U.S., our coasts will continue to bear the brunt of our collective addiction to oil.” The move toward clean, renewable energy, and the subsequent development of a green economy, is a key to environmental and economic sustainability and success.
Joining host and Joint Center President and CEO Ralph B. Everett at the inaugural speaker series are:
- Leslie G. Fields, Esq., National Environmental Justice Director for the Sierra Club and member of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change;
- Dr. Arjun Makhijani, author and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research;
- Dr. Michael K. Dorsey, assistant professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College and visiting scholar at the Joint Center;
- Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress.
See the full invitation after the jump.
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June 8, 2010
Recent reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggest that the ongoing oil spill may not be the only disaster the Gulf Coast has to face this year.
The decade from 2000 to 2009 marked the warmest global temperatures on record, and despite unexpectedly heavy snowfall in the U.S. at the beginning of this year, 2010 is predicted to follow suit. Based on monthly analysis conducted by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, the period from January to April produced the hottest combined global land and ocean surface temperature since formal measurements began in 1880. The combined average surface temperatures from January to April exceeded measurements taken in the 20thcentury by 1.24°F (0.69°C), reflecting global warming predictions. Similarly, global ocean surface temperatures in April marked the warmest for that month in over a century, with NOAA observing rising heat “most pronounced in the equatorial portions of the major oceans, especially the Atlantic.”
Comparison of 2010 Temperature to the Two Other Years with the Warmest Annual Means
[Extracted from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies “GISS Surface Temperature Analysis” Last Modified: 05-17-2010]
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