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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of March 26 to April 1

By Miranda Spencer
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It was hard to miss President Trump’s Executive Order on March 28, which essentially “repealed and replaced” the Obama Clean Power Plan and its strict goals for reducing carbon emissions from dirty energy. At the signing, he pledged to revive the coal industry, a move energy experts and utilities questioned, given the momentum of solar and wind power these days.

“Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate change record,” by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

The White House’s dismantling of climate policy is predicted to have health consequences, experts say:

“Trump's climate order threatens U.S. disaster prevention” by Sophie Hares, Reuters

 “War on climate policy is also a war on public health,” by Julia Belluz, Vox

The good news: More conservative politicians are moving in the right direction on climate change.

“Climate converts: The conservatives who are switching sides on warming,” by Marc Gunther, Yale Environment 360

So are  U.S. states, by restricting fossil fuels and their emissions, and continuing to take positive action on clean energy:

“Fracking ban about to become law in Maryland,” by Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News

“California adopts strictest methane rule in the nation,” by Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune

Hundreds of clean energy bills have been introduced in states nationwide this year,” by Zahri Hirji, Inside Climate News

New scientific research is revealing positive links between climate action and better health:

“Low-carbon energy boosts human, ecological health,” by Sarah DeWeerdt, Anthropocene

“Healthier diet links U.S. food and health care systems in climate change mitigation,” Climatic Change, via  FoodTank

Meanwhile, there’s been plenty of action (as usual!)within our organization. For example:

In last week’s blog, we debuted a series of Q&As with the ten “Climate Champions,” public health practitioners awarded scholarships to attend the Learning Institute on climate and health at the American Association of Public Health's annual conference last fall. Our first young leader was Chelsea Schafer; look for the next Q&A later this month.

On March 29, Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, in collaboration with the American Psychological Association, released its new report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance, and held a free, one-hour webinar delving into its contents. The report received extensive coverage in the news media, including The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and many other outlets. Look for more about the report and webinar in Thursday’s blog.

 

 

 

Miranda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor specializing in environmental issues. If you have comments, questions, ideas, or would like to submit a blog of your own, feel free to contact her at miranda@ecoamerica.org.