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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 21-27

By Miranda Spencer
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This past week, the President traveled abroad for a two-day summit of the Group of Seven nations.  There members leaned on him to join the nearly 150 other countries that have already ratified the Paris climate accord. Trump also visited the Pope, who urged action and gave him a copy of Laudato Si, his climate encyclical. A decision is expected any day now.

The health sector continues to stand firm in support of the greenhouse-gas-reduction commitments:

“Leading U.S. health care systems remain committed to Paris agreement goals,” by Healthcare Without Harm

Back in Washington, D.C., budget proposals were rolled out that targeted funding for environmental protection and health programs, potentially undermining years of progress.

“EPA: Trump calls for cutting budget by 30%, slashing 3,800 jobs,” by Kevin Bogardus, E&E News

“Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention,” by Joel Achenbach and Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post

Meanwhile, Los Angeles’ mayor promised he’ll lead on climate by taking steps to meet the Paris obligations at the local level. At the state level, climate progress abounds:

“Obama’s clean power plan might be dead in D.C., but states are rebuilding it themselves,” by  Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

“Fighting Trump on climate, California becomes a global force,” by Coral Davenport and Adam Nagourney, The New York Times

“Hit hard by coal’s decline, eastern Kentucky turns to drones, tomatoes, solar energy,” by Arian Campo-Flores, The Wall Street Journal

Scientific research continued to clarify climate solutions as well:

“Eating beans could be a 'magical' solution to climate change,” by Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

"Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions,” by Phys.Org (from the previous week…glad we spotted this!)

"Study: inspiring action on climate change more complex than you might think,” by John Abraham, The Guardian (another one that slipped under the wire)

And here’s some health news to help you prepare for summer:

"Health officials are warning this tick season could be the worst yet," by Justin Worland, Time

On Thursday, be sure to visit our blog to read about what our Senior Program Director Jennifer Tabola experienced at the inaugural Planetary Health conference April 28-30. 


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 Tim Kelly at