The April issue looks at the growing role of social media in the legislature, rainy day funds, policy changes for life insurance and much more.
By Doug Farquhar and Douglas Shinkle
Rising temperatures resulting from global climate change affect state economies, water resources, agriculture and the environment, forcing states to prioritize policy concerns. Policymakers and the general public, grappling with how to stem and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have spent less time considering the harmful public health effects that climate change brings. California has led the nation in reducing greenhouse gases and preparing for a warmer climate, and other states have begun to study responses to increasing temperatures. But the public health threats caused by climate change, such as higher rates of infectious diseases, increased heat, water shortages, and myriad other public health threats, have not received as much attention in policy discussions on climate change.
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