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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30-AUGUST 5

By Tim Kelly
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Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and health, new findings in climate research, and effective solutions for addressing climate change.

Impacts

As this weeks stories on climate impacts make clear, the damage caused by fossil fuels is all-encompassing: from effects on the individual health of those involved in production to continent-wide alterations in climate and lifeways.

Study finds human influence in the Amazon's third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005 by John Abraham, The Guardian

Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times

NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung by Howard Berkes, NPR

Solutions

But the above impacts also throw into stark relief the health benefits of curbing climate change and provide new opportunities for action at the national and state level- and within tribal communities, while two new partnerships in ecoAmerica's Path to Positive Communities program remind us of the importance of local politics for climate action.

Here’s where climate change could generate toxic air pollution by Nsikan Akpan, PBS Newshour

The Largest Wind Farm in the U.S. Is Growing in Oklahoma. It’s a Sign of the Times by Bobby Magill, Climate Central

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority opens first large-scale solar farm Noel Lyn Smith, Farmington Daily Times

ecoAmerica Launches Local Climate Engagement Programs with National League of Cities & Local Government Commission by ecoAmerica

Advocacy

Finally, climate solutions are incomplete without consideration of issues of justice- and gender equity- while artists evoke emotional responses in their work to bring about change, and a Climate for Health partner provides health professionals with new tools for climate advocacy.

3 Very Real Wonder Women Leading The Way To Climate Justice by Sarah Hurtes, Refinery29

These Artists Are Trying to Make Climate Change Visceral by Stephanie Granada, Outside

New State Policy Initiative provides the antidote to federal climate policy gridlock by Tim Kelly, ecoAmerica