GGRA passes the Senate
Great news! The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act – Reauthorization (GGRA) passed the Maryland Senate in a 38-8 vote. The GGRA, sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, will require a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (from 2006 levels), and 40 percent reduction by 2030. Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Lead Sara Via, PhD, testified in support of the bill, saying GGRA and energy efficiency advances “exemplify Maryland’s success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while boosting the economy and creating jobs.” The bill is also expected to pass the House of Delegates, and then be sent to Governor Larry Hogan for his signature. Hogan has not indicated whether he would sign the legislation.
Read additional Chesapeake PSR testimony on other bills this legislative session.
Event: Fukushima meltdown commemoration
Chesapeake PSR and other groups will mark the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown on Friday, March 11, 2016, 10 a.m. – noon, at Exelon headquarters, 750 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. Keep energy efficient and truly renewable. Any questions? Email or call Gwen DuBois, MD, (410) 615-0717.
NEW! Workshop on climate change’s impact on medicine and public health
Event: April 7, 2016 (6 - 8:30 p.m.) Please join Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, and Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP for a workshop, How Climate Change Will Affect Public Health and the Practice of Medicine in Maryland. The event will be held at MedChi, Osler Hall, 1211 Cathedral Street, in Baltimore. A light dinner will be available. A maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are available. Information or RSVP (or call Tim Whitehouse at 240-246-4492).
Save the date! Chesapeake PSR annual dinner April 30
Event: Join us at our annual dinner on Sat., April 30, 2016, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in Baltimore (location TBD). Our guest speaker, Paul Connett, PhD, will talk about zero waste. Connett is a chemistry professor, author and expert on the sustainable alternatives to waste incineration and landfills. Please join us, whether you are new to Chesapeake PSR or looking forward to seeing old friends and colleagues. RSVP (or call Tim Whitehouse at 240-246-4492).
Nuclear is not the answer
WATCH: Why an emergency response to a nuclear attack is impossible. A new IPPNW video describes in simple, stark words and images the overwhelming obstacles that would confront doctors and first responders following a nuclear attack. Please share widely to make this video go viral during the 2016 Open-Ended Working Group meetings on nuclear disarmament.
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