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The $4 B question for Cleveland: sickness or a health producing transportation system

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/11 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Transform

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· We've posted some of the key findings from Dr. Jonathan Patz, lead author of IPCC and the recent, "Swapping Tailpipes for Pedals" study which quantifies the health impacts for Great Lakes cities including Cleveland of being a car dominated society. Dr. Patz concludes: Energy, transportation and urban planning policies to protect human health are necessary today - whether or not climate change happens…and if does, we've not delayed timely mitigation.

The image explains the methodology he uses to quantify the $4 billion cost in sickness due to lousy air quality and obesity or a scenario where we choose to mitigate the cost in the form of national policy that invests in and encourages clean transportation.

The second image in the slideshow shows the ethics of climate change. It redraws the global map based on who generates pollution—you can see how 'fat' the U.S. carbon footprint looks relative to sub-Saharan Africa. The lower map of the globe illustrates which countries are suffering the most climate change related deaths. The diagram earned Patz an invitation to talk about the ethics of climate related consumption with the Dalai Lama.

· Drink Local. Drink Tap. posted the trailer for its documentary, Waking up to Water: Uganda. "This is a story about one woman from Cleveland, Ohio-one of the most water abundant places on earth-and her mission to share the water wealth of the Great Lakes with the St. Bonaventure School in Mulagi (a Ugandan village without running water)…this is a story about people connecting across the globe, and using water to do it."

· EPA will award $1.8 million in funding for projects that help restore urban waters by improving water quality and support community revitalization. The goal of the urban waters small grants are to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.

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