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Sen. Dan Coats said, "While we all agree that clean air is vitally important, the EPA needs to understand the impact that its regulations will have on every part of the country." Coats believes the EPA is overreaching in its attempts to limit deadly pollution which is affecting our environment and our health.

According to Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist, we only have until 2036 — 22 years — to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius, which will present devastating consequences for every single living thing on this planet.

Ongoing research at the National Institutes of Health is determining which populations will be most vulnerable to diseases exacerbated by climate change. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and those living in urban or coastal areas and storm centers may be at elevated risk.

Dr. John Balbus at NIH said, "The research from this program will help guide public health interventions."

- Carol Ring, Schererville

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.