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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of February 5-11, 2017

By Miranda Spencer
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In climate politics, there's much speculation about what Congress and the President may or may not do. Government veterans have been weighing in on what they should do.

A conservative case for climate action by  Martin S. Feldstein, Ted Halstead and N. Gregory Mankiw, The New York Times

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

 

Meanwhile, academics are developing standards and curricula around climate change education.

Global consortium formed to educate leaders on climate change and health by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

 

Scientists are turning up new data on how climate changes health.

Air pollution linked to heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children by Zen Vuong, USC News

Drought dramatically worsens deadly West Nile virus epidemics in U.S. by Alex Whiting, Reuters

 

wind turbines on the prairie
Renewable energy -- and its fans -- continued to grow.

Wind tops nation in renewable energy capacity for first time by Devin Henry, The Hill

Even climate change deniers want to pursue renewable energy by Sidney Fussell, Gizmodo

 

This week's blog looked at Dr. Richard Jackson's take on "Science, Society, and Our Children's Future."

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Coming soon!

Path to Positive Communities’ Let’s Talk Communities and Climate webinar is this Thursday, February 16, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. There is still time to register.

Also on February 16, beginning at 9 a.m. EST, you can watch the livestream of the Climate and Health Meeting in Atlanta. Spearheaded by former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project and cosponsored by the American Public Health Association and others, the conference is designed to fill the gap left by the canceled CDC meeting on the topic.