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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23-SEPTEMBER 29

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

With 44% of residents of Puerto Rico living beneath the poverty line, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria highlights the island territory's long-standing environmental justice concerns

‘People Are Dying’: Puerto Rico Faces Daunting Humanitarian Crisis by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News

Puerto Rico has already seen significant outmigration over the past decade, as college graduates seek better opportunities in mainland U.S. cities.  Hurricane Maria is projected to increase that migration.

Puerto Ricans could be newest U.S. 'climate refugees' by Daniel Cusick and Adam Aton, E&E News

A common factor during this year's intense storm season: as temperatures have risen so have rainfall totals 

One of the clearest signs of climate change in Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey was the rain by Umair Irfan, Vox

U.S. citizens are beginning to come into agreement on the impacts of climate change for extreme weather

Majority of Americans now say climate change makes hurricanes more intense by Emily Guskin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

Perspectives

Millennials concerned about a future with climate change are making a difference through their consumer choices

Breaking: Millennials Think About Climate Change Differently Than Anyone Else by Emma Loewe, Mind Body Green

Politics

The U.S. House of Representatives Climate Solutions Caucus continues to bring a bipartisan voice to climate solutions

Climate Solutions Caucus Welcomes Six New Members; Membership Grows to 58 by Joanna Rodriguez, Press Release, Office of U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Solutions

Capturing evaporation may provide a brand new technology for renewable energy solutions

Evaporation could power most of the U.S. — study by Christa Marshall, E&E News

While there is no guarantee a peak in global carbon emissions has been reached, recent standstills in annual levels provide hope

Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope by Damian Carrington, The Guardian

The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, an international forum for health professions schools committed to developing and instituting climate change and health curricula, now represents 125 schools and nearly 90,000 students

More than 100 schools sign on to teach health risks of climate change by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, EurekAlert!

This month's Climate Champion is Aubree Thelen, a public health policy professional based in Louisiana.  In this week's blog, Aubree discusses preparedness and the importance of community in withstanding climate impacts.

Get to Know a Climate Champion: Aubree Thelen by Tim Kelly, Climate for Health, ecoAmerica