Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the United States—and the world—over the next decade and

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the United States—and the world—over the next decade and beyond. The impacts of climate change have already been deadly: More than 3,000 Americans have died in weather- and climate-related disasters in the past two years.1 Public health experts warn that climate change threatens the quality of America’s air and water.2 Natural disasters have cost the United States more than $450 billion in the past three years and are projected to cost $54 trillion globally by 2040.3 By the end of the century, crop damage, lost labor, and extreme weather threaten to shrink the U.S. economy by as much as 10 percent, or $500 billion—almost double the cost of the 2009 Great Recession.4 The U.S. military warns that climate change will multiply the national security threats facing the country. Climate change is a crisis that touches every element of our society. It exacerbates systemic economic and racial inequality and simultaneously threatens public health; national security; the safety and well-being of communities; and the strength of the economy. A year ago, in October 2018, the issue took on new urgency when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...

Restaurant Report Card: 22 restaurants fail health inspections in April 2019

PHOENIX — On the first Wednesday of every month, ABC15 takes action to share restaurant report cards from around the Valley. In April, 22 restaurants and food establishments failed to pass their health inspections with a “C” or better. Violations: During inspection of kitchen, employees running kitchen were unaware of how to properly date mark, proper hand-washing, proper temperatures for cold and hot holding, and lacked any knowledge of BIG5 signs and symptoms of foodborne illness; establishment was using a portion of cut tree trunk as cutting board; no soap available at hand-washing sink. Violations: A pan of cooked potatoes was uncovered in the walk-in fridge and had a significant amount of mold growing on the surface; observed several single service grocery store “thank you” plastic bags used to store raw fish and shellfish shells; observed raw sausage stored above raw veal and portioned pasta; several bottles and bubble packs of pills were stored in the kitchen on shelves directly above food contact surfaces. Giuseppe’s on 28th2824 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 10 Phoenix 85016Grade: D; see inspection report here. Violations: Observed an employee touch...