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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 7-OCTOBER 13

By Tim Kelly
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Each week, 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 the Trump administration continues to deny the reality of our changing climate, an unusually wet winter and record hot summer result in unprecedented deadly wildfires in California

With No End In Sight, California's Deadly Flames Called Climate Change 'Fire Alarm' by Julia Conley, Common Dreams

California Fires: Record Hot Summer, Wet Winter Created Explosive Mix by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News

Meanwhie, recent research continues to link warming temperatures with declining bee populations

Florida State Researchers Link Declining Bee Populations With Climate Change by Amy Green, WGCU NPR News

Perspectives

New polling shows a greater number of Americans are accepting the reality of climate change and its links to extreme weather

Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming by Seth Borenstein and Emily Swanson, Greenfield Recorder

2017 State of America on Climate by ecoAmerica

Reports

October 10th was World Mental Health Day.  Learn the many ways climate change intersects with mental health and wellbeing and strategies for lessening its impacts through ecoAmerica's Mental Health and Our Changing Climate report, in collaboration with the American Psychological Association

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance by ecoAmerica

Solutions

"The links between the environmental and health impacts of our food are becoming ever more apparent. Intensive production and consumption has increased the availability of food, but it has also given rise to land degradation, climate change, water scarcity, and an epidemic of obesity."

Understanding urban consumption will be critical in transforming food systems

Advocacy

Nurses and youth are calling on government officials, at the state and national level, to step up action in the face of daunting climate impacts

Nurses Call for Stepped Up Federal Effort on Fires by National Nurses United

Alaska youths are still fighting for a healthy climate future by Jode Sparks, Juneau Empire

October 12th was Children's Environmental Health Day.  How will you continue to promote CEH throughout the year?

Children's Environmental Health Day 2017 by Children's Environmental Health Network

The 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit is less than two weeks away.  Read below for comments from American Public Health Association Executive Director and Summit Health Forum moderator Dr. Georges Benjamin on how Summit participants and everday citizens can take action on climate solutons

Q&A with 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit Speaker Dr. Georges Benjamin by Tim Kelly, Climate for Health, ecoAmerica