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REALITY NOW
July 2016
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THANKS OBAMA! FIVE WAYS THE US IS LEADING
THE WORLD ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Over the last eight years, the US has had its fair share of ups and downs in fighting climate change. But despite setbacks along the way, there’s been a whole lot of progress too. So we’re saying “Thanks, Obama” as we share five key ways the US is leading the world in the fight against climate change.

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FLIP THE SWITCH! FOUR FORMER COAL SITES
THAT ARE GOING GREEN (AND WHAT IT MEANS)

Let’s face the facts: Across the globe, the way we get our energy is transforming dramatically. And that’s not all that’s transforming. In this blog post, read the story behind four former coal sites that are getting a major facelift.

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HEAL THE PLANET WITH 
CLIMATE REALITY LEADER SUSAN PACHECO

Susan Pacheco is a standout Climate Reality Leader who’s been revolutionizing the health care field in Texas. In this post, find out what made her decide to become a Climate Reality Leader and how she’s changing the world.

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FIVE STRIKING EXAMPLES OF HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING OUR NATIONAL PARKS IN THE US 

One study found that 81 percent of US national parks have felt some effects of climate change over the past 10–30 years. What does this mean for the future of our parks and other public lands? Find out how five US national parks have changed because of climate change – and what will happen if we don’t put a stop to it.

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VIDEO: THE CALM AFTER THE STORM. HOW GREENSBURG, KANSAS ACHIEVED 100-PERCENT RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY 

In 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was destroyed by powerful winds. Now, wind powers the city.Read the incredible story of how one city in Kansas used its experience of deadly storms to reach 100-percent renewable electricity.

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 WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services … Public Health Emergency information


Public Health Emergency. Resilient People. Healthy Communities. A Nation Prepared.

HHS forges unprecedented partnership to combat antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to modern health, affecting 2 million people every year.  The Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, or CARB-X, was created to help address the threat of antibiotic resistance.  CARB-X is one of the world’s largest public-private partnerships focused on preclinical discovery and development of new antimicrobial products.    Learn More >>

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From the ASPR Blog:  An Opportunity for Sharing Information about Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks against the healthcare & public health sector are on the rise. Criminal cyber attacks against health care organizations are up 125 percent compared to five years ago, replacing employee negligence and lost or stolen laptops as the top cause of health care data breaches.  So ASPR & ONC are teaming up to increase information sharing among health organizations so they can better protect vital data. Learn More >>

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FEMA Mobile App:  Putting Preparedness in your Pocket

When a disaster strikes or is on the way, having the right information at your fingertips can help keep you safe and healthy.  The FEMA Mobile App puts NOAA weather alerts, maps of disaster resources, and emergency safety information in the palm of your hand.  Traveling this summer?  The FEMA Mobile App gives you safety tips and preparedness reminders so you can be prepared wherever the road takes you this summer!  Learn More >>

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Traveling?  Heading to the Olympic Games?  Be sure to fight the bite!

If you are traveling to the Olympic Games or another area with Zika, wear insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and use clothing and gear treated with permethrin. Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens, or use a bed net if you’re sleeping outdoors.  Bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies, can spread many different diseases.  Learn More>>

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Protect your community from Zika! What to do after your trip

When you get home from your trip, be sure to take precautions that can protect your community from Zika – even if you don’t feel sick.  Take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after visiting an area with Zika so that you do not spread  Zika to the mosquitoes in your area. Pregnant travelers returning from an area with Zika can be tested for Zika. If you develop a fever with a rash, joint pain, or red eyes, talk to your doctor immediately and tell him or her about your travel.  Learn More >>

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