As climate studies reveal that the melting rate of Antarctica’s ice sheet has tripled over the last decade, Harvard scientists predict that the EPA’s rollbacks on environmental regulations will prove to be deadly for tens of thousands of Americans.
The continent of Antarctica has officially surpassed Greenland as the single largest contributor to sea level rise, adding roughly 200 billion tons of water to the Earth’s oceans each year, threatening coastal communities across the world.
Scientists from Harvard wrote in The Journal of the American Medical Association that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent rollbacks on a variety of environmental regulations will result in the deaths of at least 80,000 people per decade.
The EPA also reduced clean air regulations, which scientists say will result in at least 1 million Americans contracting respiratory illness.
The EPA under Scott Pruitt has been working tirelessly to appoint heads of departments whose interests lie exclusively in easing regulations on the very industries they are tasked with overseeing.
The month of May was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, and was a month filled with unusual and/or extreme weather events, indicating the rapidly increasing rate of climate change and its disastrous effects.
Air pollution alone is responsible for some 200,000 deaths in the United States each year, and with the EPA’s rollbacks and cover-up of a nationwide water contamination crisis, we can be sure that those numbers will rise.