skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Federal funds boost Northeast high-speed EV charging network; the Heat Dome remains the top story over more than half the nation; Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in TX face health disparities; Groups debunk claims of 'skyrocketing' numbers of non-citizen voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

U.S. House passes the National Defense Authorization Act, with hard-right amendments. Political scientists say they worry a second Trump presidency could 'break' American democracy, while farmers voice concerns about the Farm Bill.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Report Links EPA Climate Change, Children’s Health and Well-Being in TN

play audio
Play

Monday, May 15, 2023   

In Tennessee and across the country, children's growing and developing bodies are uniquely vulnerable to climate change, according to a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The report states climate change-related effects in childhood can have lifelong consequences for learning, physical health, housing security and other complications.

Elizabeth Bechard, senior policy analyst for the group Moms Clean Air Force, said the report is a call to action which looks at five specific climate stressors and how they may affect children's health. She pointed out one of the stressors is the effect of extreme heat on children.

"There's a specific analysis in the report on how extreme heat may affect children's ability to learn in schools," Bechard noted. "When it's hot, and especially when there's a lack of air conditioning, it can be hard for children to learn, and they actually don't learn as well don't do as well on tests."

The report looked at projected future income loss based on extreme heat, which Bechard emphasized affects certain geographic areas and populations harder than others. She added children of color and low-income communities are affected due to having less access to air-conditioned spaces.

Bechard stressed Moms Clean Air Force works to protect children from air pollution and climate change, drawing attention to the report's findings on how climate change is making air quality worse in a number of ways from ozone, dust, drought conditions and wildfires to particle pollution in the air.

"That affects kids' respiratory health, that contributes to more cases of asthma, more emergency department visits with asthma, and even adverse birth outcomes," Bechard outlined.

Changing seasons, flooding and different types of infectious diseases -- especially tick-borne illnesses -- are the other climate-related environmental effects listed in the report.

Bechard said it's important for Tennessee parents to know there are things they can do to mitigate or lessen the impact of climate change on their children. The report suggested parents be aware of signs of heat-related illness for kids and check for ticks, as they try to keep their kids healthy and safe.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
A U.S. Water Alliance report finds maintaining Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding in water infrastructure could reduce service disruptions to water-reliant businesses, saving them 46% over 20 years. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Recent reports are calling on Virginia and the U.S. to invest in water infrastructure. The U.S. Water Alliance's Bridging the Gap report reviews two …


Social Issues

play sound

After a recent flurry of claims that Democrats are allowing immigrants into the country illegally in order to register them to vote in the upcoming U.…

Environment

play sound

Despite the official start of the summer season on Thursday, climate change is exacerbated by extreme weather events in the Keystone State. The …


Social Issues

play sound

As the 2024 presidential elections approach, the nonpartisan Michigan League of Women Voters is intensifying its efforts to combat disinformation …

Environmental groups are working to attract more Latino families to enjoy the great outdoors on public lands such as the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area in southern Inyo County. (Louis Medina)

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are circulating a petition asking the feds to give "America the Beautiful National Parks and Recreation Lands" passes to new citiz…

Social Issues

play sound

An Ohio program that provides help for foster parents of children with complex behavioral issues is expanding. It offers 24/7 on-call crisis …

Health and Wellness

play sound

Almost half of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who live in Texas are skipping routine healthcare because of cost, according to a survey by …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021