Americans Outlook on Climate Change

Most people are aware that climate change is happening, and while most Americans believe global warming is happening, they do not think it will harm them personally.

The New York Times put together six maps from data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication. The maps give a detailed look at public opinion on global warming.

The maps showed two states, Texas and Florida, which were split on how much to worry about climate change. South and West Texas, as well as the state’s Gulf Coast, showed to be most concerned about climate change. The reason might be because they have felt shifting weather patterns, including rising temperatures, coastal hurricanes and western droughts.

 

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Percentage of adults per county who are at least somewhat worried about global warming. Image by The New York Times.

 

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Climate Change Might Be Linked to Diabetes

Scientists are researching to see if a correlation exists between climate change and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

“We calculated that a 1-degree Celsius rise in environmental temperature could account for more than 100,000 new diabetes cases per year in the USA alone,” Lisanne Blauw, a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands and lead author of the study.

The study found that between 1996 and 2009 there was a 4 percent increase in diabetes diagnosis for every 1-degree Celsius increase in outdoor temperature. One degree Celsius is equivalent to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

The study has only found an association between climate change and diabetes, not causation.

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Statistics on Diabetes in the U.S., and how the body regulates blood glucose. Infographic from blog.houstonmethodist.org

EPA Faces Budget Cuts for Trump’s Defense Budget Proposal

A source told CNN that the Environmental Protection Agency could see significant budget cuts in order to meet President Donald Trump’s budget proposal requirements.

The president’s budget proposal is calling for more than a $50 billion increase in defense spending, which means the Trump administration could cut the EPA’s budget by 24% and reduce staffing by 20% to allocate funds toward the defense budget.

Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator, tried to reassure those concerned about potential budget cuts and layoffs.

“What we need to realize is this is the beginning of the process, not the end of the process,” Pruitt said.

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EPA’s enacted budget from fiscal years ranging from 2004 to 2016. The values are in billions.