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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2-SEPTEMBER 8

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

After an unusually wet winter, 2017 wasn't expected to be an intense year for wildfires in the American West.  However, the summer's recording-breaking heat has changed that.

Has Climate Change Intensified 2017’s Western Wildfires? by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Advocacy

As the EPA reconsiders the Obama Administration's 54.5 mpg by 2025 fuel standards, environmental and public health activists prepare to give the Trump Administration an earful.

Environmental and health groups gear up to defend Obama EPA’s gas-mileage standards by Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

On Friday, September 8th, public health professionals participated in a webinar discussing the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance's State Policy Initiative.  As the federal government waivers, state-level climate advocacy is needed more than ever.

U.S. Climate and Health Alliance State Policy Initiative

Communications

The results of ecoAmerica's American Climate Perspectives Survey for September show how both "doomsday" and hopeful messaging can motivate the American public on climate action.

Climate Doomsday or A Livable Future? Americans Motivated by Both by ecoAmerica

Diesel exhaust is bad for our health and bad for our climate.  But humor can help.

Video: Climate Change, Diesel Fuel, Disasters, Health, and...Humor?? by Joylette Portlock, Huffington Post

More than ever, events like Hurricane Harvey require health professionals to take action on climate.  ecoAmerica provides the communication tools and resources to help them do so,

What Can Health Professionals Learn from Events Like Hurricane Harvey? by Tim Kelly, ecoAmerica

Solutions

U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah breaks the mold by speaking out on climate solutions.

Love Talks Clean Environment, Climate Solutions by Judy Fahy, kuer.org

Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer: "There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively. We're trying to go all in here."

'We're trying to go all in': Chocolate giant Mars pledges $1 billion to fight climate change by Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider

Sustainable alternatives offer solutions to traditional meat consumption.

Meaty challenge: What's on the menu for future cities? by Sophie Hares, Thomson Reuters Foundation News

In the face of mounting evidence, why can't politicians accept scientific predictions about climate change?

We Don’t Deny Harvey, So Why Deny Climate Change? by Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

More resources...

Given recent events and the American Public Health Association's designation of September as Extreme Weather month during its Year of Climate Change and Health, information on the mental health impacts of climate change is more relevant than ever.

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance by Susan Clayton, Christie Manning, Kirra Krygsman, and Meighen Speiser, American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica