STOCKTON, CA- Reaching for the Stars Academy celebrated its second graduation on Thursday, July 12 at the University of the Pacific. Continue reading
Gina Valadez is the director and founder of Bread of Life — a San Joaquin County food program.
“I printed some flyers early in the morning, passed them around the neighborhood letting people know that we were giving away groceries,” Valadez shared her duties during the morning when Bread of Life started in Stockton back in 2008. “The first time we open our doors, we had 60 people outside our church.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C – More than 150,000 additional Americans could die by the end of this century due to excessive heat caused by climate change, according to a detailed analysis of peer-reviewed scientific data by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The “Killer Summer Heat” report, projects heat-related death toll through the end of the 21st century in the most populated U.S. cities.
The projected deaths are based on the widely-used assumption that carbon pollution will steadily increase in the absence of effective new policies, more than doubling the levels seen today by the end of the century.
“This is a wake-up call. Climate change has a number of real life-and-death consequences. One of which is that as carbon pollution continues to grow, climate change is only going to increase the number of dangerously hot days each summer, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of lives lost,” said Dan Lashof, director of NRDC’s climate and clean air program.
Temperatures in San Joaquin County rose above 100 degrees last week. County public health officials urge residents to take precautions for hot weather.
“Groups especially at risk for heat stress are the elderly, adults with disabilities, chronically ill, children under 4 years old and anyone who works or exercises vigorously outdoors,” said San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst.
The kinds of consequences of climate change highlighted in NRDC’s report are already evident: