Environment

Ten Reasons Why Plugging Into Electric Vehicles Reaps Rewards For Our Communities – And How You Can Help

Ten Reasons Why Plugging Into Electric Vehicles Reaps Rewards For Our Communities – And How You Can Help

Energy Efficiency Savings in Faith Institutions: A Pilot Project with the AME Church

This Joint Center report, Energy Efficiency Savings in Faith Institutions: A Pilot Project with the AME Church, documents a groundbreaking partnership with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to raise awareness and demonstrate the critical role of energy efficiency in saving resources at both the individual and church level, and in addressing our nation’s energy and environmental challenges.

Overview of EPA's Regulatory Agenda and the Utility Air Toxics Rule

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies kicked off its monthly webinar series on EPA's Regulatory Agenda with the inaugural topic focused on "Utility Air Toxics Rule."

The webinar took place on Wednesday July 13, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and was free and open to the public.

Meeting Description:

Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Climate Policy, Carbon Pricing, and Co-Benefits

Policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can yield substantial co-benefits via reduced emissions of co-pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and air toxics. Valuation studies suggest that these benefits may be comparable in magnitude to the value of reduced carbon emissions. However, co-pollutant intensity (the ratio of co-benefits to carbon dioxide emissions) varies across pollution sources, and so efficient policy design would seek greater emissions reductions where co-benefits are higher.

Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities

The report Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future brings together demographic, health and environmental data and research for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. It delves into state and local initiatives for mitigation and adaptation, assessing the progress for communities of color and concluding that some communities of color face a "perfect storm" of poor health, socioeconomic barriers and climate-related challenges.

Climate Disruption in the Global South and in African American Communities: Key Issues, Frameworks, and Possibilities for Climate Justice

This paper lays out a number of major issues facing people and ecosystems in “marginalized” communities emphasizing the experience of Americans of African descent and in the global South. It considers dominant policy frameworks advanced to address climate change and offers critiques of those perspectives from these voices in the global South. The struggles facing the global South community are then linked to key challenges confronting African American communities.

White Paper: Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Air Regulations

A literature-based white paper that discusses the range of potential health benefits that could be gained by people of color in the three cities
as a result of proposed EPA regulations. The paper considers the impact on reduced exposures to PM2.5 and ozone pollution, and the potential for reductions in premature deaths due to respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and lung cancer. There is also an examination of the potential reductions in asthma. One important component of this work is an expanded review of EPA's technical analyses of health benefits that are expected

Research Brief: Three-City Survey of African Americans on EPA Regulations, Climate Change and Health

This three-city survey builds on earlier Joint Center national surveys that looked at the views of African Americans on climate change, health and conservation behaviors. In the national surveys, clear majorities said they believed climate change and global warming were a major problem, and they believed that global warming will have significant adverse effects on public health, economic instability, fires, and droughts-and that these problems will be worse for future generations.

Comission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change

Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav highlighted the vulnerability of the African American community to the types of extreme weather events that the scientific community believes will be exacerbated by gloabal climate change.

Opinion of African Americans on Climate Change and 2010 Midterm Elections: The Results of a Multi-State Poll

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center) has long been a leading authority on trends related to the opinions and voting preferences of the nation’s black electorate.  Two years ago, when the Joint Center launched its Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, we undertook a major poll of African Americans’ opinions on the issue of climate change, in which we found that more than half of black voters believe it to be a serious problem that the nation must address.  Last year, our second comprehensive survey of African Am

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