There remains a lack of data to identify inequitable climate-related health impacts. Here are some of the available resources:
See how climate change is impacting your health via interactive maps created by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Right now, more than 144,000 New Mexicans - including nearly 39,000 children - live within a half-mile threat radius of oil and gas production facilities, putting them at an elevated risk of serious health impacts including cancer, respiratory illness, fetal defects, blood disorders, and neurological problems.
Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction) - A collection of nearly 2,000 abstracts of medical, scientific and investigative reports about the consequences of oil and gas drilling, fracking, and associated infrastructure presents evidence that these activities are dangerous to public health, the environment, and the climate cycle and a grave environmental justice issue, with communities of color, Indigenous people, and impoverished communities bearing disproportionate harm.
To address the lack of data and identify equitable solutions to health impacts from oil and gas pollution and climate change, New Mexico should:
The Public Health and Climate Resiliency Act will protect all New Mexicans from threats to our health caused by extreme weather events related to climate change, which are causing harm today and will be more frequent and intense in the future. The Act, combined with meaningful engagement with the communities most harmed by climate change, will help improve health outcomes, equity, climate adaptation, and climate resiliency in New Mexico. Learn more on NM Voices for Children’s website.
Take a whole-of-government approach to environmental justice under the state’s Environmental Justice Executive Order, including reinstating the Environmental Justice Task Force along with clear accountability measures.
Invest in Health Impact Assessment research to identify the specific health impacts experienced by New Mexicans as a result of energy development.
Create policies that take into account cumulative impacts in permitting and review processes. Current environmental policy, which is focused narrowly on pollutants and their sources, should be broadened to take into account the cumulative impact of exposures and vulnerabilities encountered by people who live in neighborhoods consisting largely of racial or ethnic minorities or people of low socioeconomic status.