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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 3

By Ellen Hall
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The Climate & Health Meeting in Atlanta on February 16 brought together more than 300 health professionals, scientists, climate advocates, and public officials for a day of discussions about the health impacts of climate change and how to address them. Our own Jennifer Tabola was there (you can read her account of the event here).

Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health and former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, co-authored this recap of the summit:

Preventive Medicine for the Planet and Its Peoples Multiple authors, New England Journal of Medicine

One of the day’s panelists, Climate for Health leader Dr. Lise Van Susteren, explained the mental health impacts of climate change:

"A sense of despair": The mental health cost of unchecked climate change by Shanika Gunaratna, CBS News 

 

Also this week, new research revealed American opinions about climate change, broken down by geography:

Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change by Erica Bolstad, ClimateWire

Climate Change Is a Threat - But It Won't Hurt Me, Americans Say by J.D. Capelouto, Reuters

 

Another study found that taking a position on policy doesn’t necessarily affect a scientist’s credibility:

Scientists have long been afraid of engaging in ‘advocacy.’ A new study says it may not hurt them by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

 

And yet another study found that polluted air is associated with premature births:

Air pollution affects preterm birthrates globally, study finds By Jia Naqvi, The Washington Post

 

Spring arrived early across the nation, and the U.S. Geological Survey says climate change is to blame:

The Early Spring This Year Is Brought to You by Climate Change by Jen Kirby, New York Magazine

 

Nonetheless, the Trump administration plans to cut the EPA’s budget by one quarter:

Trump to Propose 24 Percent Cut in EPA Spending: Reports by Devin Henry, The Hill

 

On the plus side, oil and gas companies are discovering the economic benefits of trapping methane (a powerful greenhouse gas):

Energy companies are learning that methane trapping is good business by Jason Libersky, The Albuquerque Journal