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May 19, 2020 Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic, Washington Post 

The wave of shutdowns and shuttered economies caused by the coronavirus pandemic fueled a momentous decline in global greenhouse gas emissions, although one unlikely to last, a group of scientists reported Tuesday.

As infections surged in March and April, nations worldwide experienced an abrupt reduction in driving, flying and industrial output, leading to a startling decline of more than 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That includes a peak drop in daily emissions of 17 percent in early April, according to the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change. For some nations, the falloff was much steeper.

 May 05, 2020 Employers Value Public Health Training in Climate Change

Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that 92 percent of employers who responded to a survey on climate change and public health reported that a need for public health professionals with training in climate change will very likely increase in the next 5 to 10 years. While graduates of public health programs who focus on climate change are in demand in the current job market as well, these positions appear to be just a small proportion of the total number of jobs available in the field of public health. The findings are published online in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

March 27, 2020 A Likely But Hidden Coronavirus Risk Factor: PollutionA Guide to What to Know About COVID-19 | Smart News | Smithsonian ...

Academics at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Montreal who studied the 1918 influenza crisis found that U.S. cities burning more coal for electricity — a stand-in for pollution at a time with little air monitoring — had substantially more “excess” deaths than low-coal cities. 

 

Governor Andrew M. CuomoFebruary 7, 2020 Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Protect Children's Health with Stricter Regulations on Children's Products Containing Harmful Chemicals

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.501B / A.6296A) to protect children's health by better regulating the use of chemicals in children's products. The bill requires manufacturers to disclose the use of chemicals in children's products and requires the Department of Environmental Conservation to make this information public to consumers. 

October 17, 2019: 95% Of Baby Foods Contain Dangerous Toxic Metals, Can Damage Brain Development, Report Warns

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CNN) — Toxic metals which can damage a baby’s brain development have been found in nearly every baby food tested, according to a new study published Thursday. According to testing done by Healthy Babies Better Futures, a staggering 95 percent of the 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the U.S. contained lead.