The current presidential administration in the US has proposed to almost completely eliminate funding for programs aimed at researching and reducing the effects of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency faces a cut of 31% or roughly $2.4 billion and almost 4,000 jobs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could be cut by a potential 17% which would specifically eliminate $510 million (or ~22%) of their satellite division. These cuts would likely encompass climate programs like EnergyStar, SmartWay, fuel emission standards, and weather warning systems.
Let’s look at 8 ways climate change poses risks, or potential risks, to our health and safety.