Public Health and Climate Change

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The health of our communities depends on the health of our natural resources.  America’s forests, wetlands, and other natural areas provide our communities with tremendous benefits,  including clean water and air, and defending against weather-related disasters. Our forests, for example, capture about 14% of the domestic carbon emissions,  and our national forests alone provide 58% of the nation’s water supply.  Wetlands are estimated to provide the equivalent of $23.2 billion in storm protection services every year,  that is an average of $33,000 an acre.

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