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California Dreaming – The World’s 8th Largest Economy Is Not Waiting Around For Trump.

Mike Magee Health policy experts generally agree that applying taxes to unhealthy products or behaviors can reliably deliver public health benefits. We have learned from the nation’s battle with tobacco that taxes not only discourage consumption but also provide funding for beneficial programs like public health education. In some states and locales, this approach has […]

“Bob Trumpet’s” Wall: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters?

Mike Magee “We are our geography’, as the saying goes. And nothing in current times illustrates this point more dramatically than Donald Trump’s proposed 1000 mile plus wall on our southern border. I won’t dwell on the oft repeated criticisms – the impossible logistics in radically reducing the numbers of 11 million immigrants (when we […]

Could Optimizing The Carbon Sink Offer Immediate Short-Term Relief?

Source: NOAA Video Carbon in Action Mike Magee OK. Let’s just all admit it. Al Gore was right – even if the truth was inconvenient at the time. For most of the civilized world, the present day truth is not only inconvenient, but also incontrovertible, inconceivable (in its potential destructive effects), and increasingly (almost) inevitable. […]

Death by Environment: The Boomerang Effect of Poor Environmental Policy

Source:IndexMundi  Mike Magee The WHO released a report this week that suggested that nearly 1/4 of all human mortality (22.4%) in 2012 was secondary to unhealthy environments. We have known for some time that planetary health has an important impact on human health. It effects not only the quantity of years an average planetary citizen […]

“Wet-Bulb Temperature” – The Limits of Human Endurance and Chaos Ahead

Springfield Republican, Sept. 23, 1988 Mike Magee On September 23, 1988, I had my first experience with the pressures of a full blown press conference. I was the chief administrative physician at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Our governor, Michael Dukakis, was running for President of the United States, at the same time (as […]

Avoiding PERC (and your Dry Cleaner) – A Win, Win, Win.

Mike Magee Looking for a win, win, win? What about something that will save you money, protect our environment, and protect human health. Let’s talk dry cleaners.(1) First, let me say, I can afford to go to a dry cleaner, although I don’t have as much need for them as I once did. But the […]

The Impact of Global Warming On Health: An Endless Summer Ahead?

Mike Magee In 2009 President Obama joined other global leaders in New York City for the Opening Session of the UN. One of the transboundary issues discussed was Global Warming. All agreed that the Kyoto Protocol had failed. It failed because the target to decrease emissions by some 5% was too low. It failed because […]

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