Oregon to cover health-related climate costs

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is about to become the first state in the nation to cover the costs of climate change for certain low-income patients under its Medicaid program as the normally temperate Pacific Northwest sees longer heat waves and more intense wildfires. The new initiative, scheduled to take effect in 2024, would cover payments … Read more

Why you should build sustainability into your business strategy

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur collaborators are their own. Terms like ‘sustainability’, ‘ESG’ and ‘socially conscious’ have become buzzwords in corporate buzz. However, if you’re tempted to just check the box, think again. A genuine commitment to sustainability can pay off in countless ways—not to mention maintaining credibility, because a lack of integrity when it comes … Read more

The new guidance offers a framework for health systems to address climate change

Federal AHRQ offers a starting point for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A federal agency for medical research hopes its new guidance will help doctors, clinical staff and managers begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by health care systems. “Decarbonizing Healthcare: A Case Study of Climate Change Mitigation Measures and Actions” was published on September … Read more

The study highlights the economic and mental health impact of COVID-19 on people affected by climate disasters

When the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) launched the Texas Flood Registry in April 2018, the goal was to develop a needs assessment focused on health and housing impacts in greater Houston that was still recovering less than a year after the devastating Hurricane Harvey drought. In 2019, Tropical Storm Imelda dealt another blow to … Read more

This millennial couple’s vegan ice cream business brings in 6 figures a month

When Ishpal and Serina Bajaj approached a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to open a vegan ice cream shop, they were met with disapproval. “They pretty much laughed it off like no one would eat plant-based ice cream,” Ishpal said. “I think the whole perception was plant-based [desserts] were sorbets and fruit-based.” But the couple … Read more

ESG should be at the heart of business as usual

ESG should be at the heart of business as usual Getty According to Friedman’s old dictum that a company’s sole responsibility is to make a profit for shareholders, it would be rational that the only political commitment expected of leaders should be that which will improve the business. However, this is no longer the case … Read more

RGA publishes ESG report highlighting digital tools

Reinsurance Group of America publishes its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, which outlines the global life and health reinsurer’s commitment to responsible and ethical business practices, sustainability strategies and its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. The report highlights that many of RGA’s initiatives are driven by digital tools – sustainability, accessibility and employee … Read more

China’s heat wave is wreaking havoc on electric vehicle drivers

China’s record heat wave that began in June has wiped out more than half of the hydropower generation capacity in Sichuan, a southwestern province that typically gets 81 percent of its electricity from hydropower. This reduced energy supply, at a time when the need for cooling has increased demand, is putting industrial production and daily … Read more

1 in 6 native tree species in the US may face extinction

One in six tree species native to the contiguous 48 states is at risk of extinction, according to a first-ever assessment. what you should Know One in six tree species native to the contiguous 48 states is at risk of extinction, according to first-ever assessment The most common threats to native trees in the U.S. … Read more

Kaiser Health News: It’s hot outside — and that’s bad news for kids’ health | News

AUSTIN, Texas – Heat waves are getting hotter and more frequent due to rising air pollution levels, putting children’s health at risk, wide-ranging new report find. A June 15 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reviews current research to take a comprehensive inventory of how air pollution and climate change interact to adversely … Read more