E²SHI Associates Discuss Climate Policy
Along with other JHU researchers, E²SHI Associates Cindy Parker and Naveeda Khan share insights on the role of climate policy in addressing carbon emissions and protecting health in a December 8, 2016 JHU Hub article. The insights come at a time when many scientists are unsure what the Trump administration will mean for climate policy, the environment and health.
A few takeaways from the article:
- Policies that help to reduce greenhouse gases, which are also air pollutants, can help protect human health. However, Cindy Parker cautions that “as we take away those protections, the health of residents will suffer, and right away - not in 100 years, and not on the other side of the world.”
- The Paris Agreement is an international effort to keep the average global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius as part of a global shift to a low-carbon, sustainable future. However, it’s not clear if the Trump administration will support the agreement, let alone improve on the agreement. Naveeda Khan emphasizes that a 2 degree limit is not enough – a 1.5 degree limit is more likely to slow the pace of global greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate climate change for vulnerable places, such as small island nations.
- Local level action shows promise in addressing climate change given that it’s easier for communities to rally around local issues. These efforts may help to continue progress on climate mitigation and adaptation despite changes that may unfold during the Trump administration.
In addition, Center for a Livable Future acting director James Yager noted that if coal energy increases, the impacts of rising pollution on human health and the environment will be very costly.
Naveeda Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences. Learn more about her work looking at global climate agreements.
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