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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 6

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

The Trump administration's inaction on climate policy will most severely impact residents of Southern states, where many of his strongest supporters live.

States of Denial by Matthew Shaer, New Republic

Politics

In the face of federal level climate policy gridlock, Americans are increasingly demanding that their local governments step up on climate solutions. 

AP-NORC poll: Americans want local leaders to fight warming by Seth Borenstein and Emily Swanson, AP News

Advocacy

The 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit, with the theme "Taking Up the Mantle", will be held October 25-26. This year's speakers include leaders from the health, faith, and local communities sectors with the opportunity for cross-collaboration across sectors as well.  Check out ecoAmerica's report and recommendations from last year's Summit below.

American Climate Leadership Summit 2016 Recommendations Report by ecoAmerica

October is Children's Environmental Health Month and October 12th is Children's Environmental Health Day.  Learn ways you can promote children's health through advocacy and prevention at this week's blog.

October 12, 2017 – CEH Day: A Day to Stand Up for Children's Environmental Health by Kristie Trousdale, Children's Environmental Health Network

Solutions

More than ever, local solutions are key to addressing climate change.  Learn what local communities in Utah are doing to make a difference.

Commentary: Let’s not be afraid to talk about climate change by Sarah Wright and Dennis Haslam, The Salt Lake Tribune

Food policy, by encouraging changes in people's eating habits, can be an important element of local climate action plans.

Why cities fighting climate change should take a look at food policy by Patrick Sisson, Curbed

"The homeowners who plan to stay face a choice: They can rebuild what they had before, knowing the warming climate will bring more devastating storms, or they can build for energy efficiency and resilience."

Rebuilding After the Hurricanes: These Solar Homes Use Almost No Energy by Lyndsey Gilpin, Inside Climate News

October 5th was Energy Efficiency Day.  Learns ways you can save money by saving energy and promoting a more sustainable and healthy planet.

Energy Efficiency Day