Vote for Children’s Environmental Health and Equity

Our children are our most valuable resources, yet their health and that of their families and communities have not been at the forefront of our...

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National Association of School Nurses joins Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health to Advance Climate Solutions and Promote Child Health

“There is nothing more important to the health of our children than the health of our planet.” With this assertion, Janis Hogan, Maine’s National Association...

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NEW Research on Climate Change & Birth Outcomes

Last September, JAMA Network Open (JNO), the online, open-access version of one of the country’s most highly regarded medical journals, put out a “call for...

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Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, and Health

On June 11, I had the honor and privilege to engage in an energizing and powerful conversation about “Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, and Health” with...

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“Motherhood in a Changing Climate: Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes” Recording Now Available

We premiered our Let’s Talk Climate webcast series with a trio of speakers sharing information and insights on the impacts climate change is having on...

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Children’s Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics and ecoAmerica took a moment to reflect on our partnership...

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Anticipated Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Women’s Health: A Call to Action

Our fundamental mission as healthcare providers is to protect the health of our patients. While heroic worldwide efforts are underway to combat COVID-19, the greatest...

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Greener Parks are a Quality of Life Benefit

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed how important local outdoor spaces are for comfort, activity and solitude. Many people are finding a new...

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Introducing ecoAmerica’s Webcast Series: LET’S TALK CLIMATE

The must-attend, go-to webcast discussion for the most current and best thinking on climate change ecoAmerica is introducing Let’s Talk Climate to provide guidance and support to...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The last few months have posed a unique challenge for all of us: stay away from each other in order to stay healthy. Physical distancing...

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New Resources from the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity

COVID-19 and the practice of physical distancing have recently challenged families and educators in unprecedented ways. Many caregivers and young people are feeling restless and...

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Clinicians for Planetary Health: Community in the Time of COVID-19

Today we want to celebrate the amazing work being done by each and every one of you— whether you are on the frontlines of treating patients, educating your...

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Climate Leadership Amidst COVID-19

We’re all trying to orient ourselves to a new world. We are amidst a fast-moving pandemic and economic contraction, and immediately concerned about our families...

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Changing Climate Concerns with Food Safety: Shellfish in Virginia

As the changing climate continues to challenge our planet, a most noticeable impact has affected our coastal waters. Ocean water temperatures are becoming warmer. Accordingly,...

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Now Available: “Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity”

Climate for Health was thrilled to host the webinar, Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity, as part of National Public Health Week 2020.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMMQOSv_pNQ[/embed]We heard...

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Earth Day is Everybody’s Movement: Announcing When the Earth Moves Video Premiere

When the Earth Moves reclaims the authentic story and original vision of Earth Day as a bipartisan and socially just environmental movement and highlights the...

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Leading a Call to Action: How Oregon Public Health Association brought partners together to declare climate change a public health emergency in Oregon

“More than 500 Oregon Health Leaders Declare Climate Change A Public Health Emergency” – this was the headline of a story playing on the local...

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Congratulations to the American Climate Leadership Awards Winners!

Thank you to all who joined us at the American Climate Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony on March 25! Congratulations to the winner, CALPIRG Students, who...

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Tune In On Wednesday: American Climate Leadership Awards

Please join us for the American Climate Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony this Wednesday, March 25, at 1pm ET via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/850161088. We received over 200 submissions...

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How the National Environmental Health Association Is Walking the Talk on Climate and Health

Q: Share some recent ways that NEHA has been walking the talk on climate and health?A: The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) was honored to...

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American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 Rescheduled

In the interest of our individual and collective health and wellbeing, ecoAmerica is rescheduling the American Climate Leadership Summit to August 26-27, 2020. Given current...

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Climate Change as a Priority for School Nurses

“I’ve made it a priority to advocate for healthy environments, and raise awareness on climate change as a school nurse and nursing professor. One of...

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Climate for Health Ambassadors in Action: Climate Change Grand Rounds

Last week I gave a presentation entitled “The Health Effects of Climate Damage” for Grand Rounds in the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth...

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National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum

The National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum will bring together more than 100 leaders from organizations dedicated to children's well-being for a day-long convening...

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CLIMATE Advances: Creating CHANGE In Government

Great news at the state level in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Changes are taking place in state government to address Climate.After a series of recent...

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New Resource Announcement: Climate for Health Moving Forward Guide

Climate change is the greatest health threat of our time, and in response, health professionals across the U.S. and around the world are stepping into...

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Utah Climate for Health Ambassadors Training

Earlier this month, I attended the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As someone who is heavily...

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Faith, Health, and Climate: Finding Connections and Building Bridges

Editor’s note: Climate for Health and Blessed Tomorrow invited two leaders to share their thoughts on the intersections of faith and health in addressing climate...

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Give Babies A Fighting Chance

ecoAmerica’s Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans encourages us to:Connect climate action to moral responsibility for future generationsFocus on family and childrenHighlight healthProject a...

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The Moral Imperative to Improve Planetary Health Through Climate Solutions

While there may be different motivations and pathways, studies and scripture have led us to the same conclusion: faith and health leaders alike recognize the...

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Every Child Has the Right to Thrive in a Healthy Environment

We love our children. And that comes with certain responsibilities. Providing them with clean air, clean water, and healthy sustainable communities with access to natural...

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Responding to Climate Change Means Investing in School Health: #ChildrenAtTheCenter

While there are several sources of carbon emissions that contribute to global temperature rise, the buildings sector accounts for 39% of annual US carbon emissions...

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New Resource from PSR- Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency

In a new white paper, Physicians for Social Responsibility Board Member, Dr. Alan Lockwood, has drawn on the content of the three major climate reports...

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NEW Talking Points: Protect Clean Air, Protect Our Health

For almost 50 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been fulfilling its mission to protect human health and the environment. In fact, before the...

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APHA’s Climate Change and Health Needs Assessment

Climate change presents increasingly serious, complex challenges to the public’s health. In response to these challenges, the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity inspires...

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New Active Transportation and Climate Change Infographic from the American College of Sports Medicine

By biking, walking, and rolling you are improving your physical and mental health and addressing one of the biggest contributors to climate change – emissions from...

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Climate for Health joins over 70 health and medical groups to launch The Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity

Last week, we joined more than 70 health and medical groups to launch The Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda to...

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Nurses Take Climate Action: MGH Institute of Health Professions joins the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health

Today the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and Climate for Health announced that the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, a nurse-led initiative...

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Resources from our Live Twitter Chat with Salud America! on Air Quality and Pollution

On Tuesday, June 11 Climate for Health co-hosted a live Tweetchat with Salud America! on the topic of air quality and pollution. We used the...

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Taking action on climate change to improve public health

This July, the American Public Health Association is bringing students and early-career professionals from all over the country to Washington, D.C., to speak for health....

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Summer is Coming: Climate Change and Air Quality Resources for Parents and Kids

Summer means playing outside, swimming at the pool, and, according to the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, unique climate impacts to...

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Turning Research into Action: Lessons from the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019

Climate change is a health emergency and requires collaboration across sectors; from healthcare professionals to research scientists, from urban planners to nonprofit organizations, from seasoned...

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Asthma, Allergies, and Climate Change

I live in Washington, DC and every morning when I walk outside, there is a thin layer of pollen that has accumulated…everywhere! I have a little...

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A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health

The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals, published “A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health” on April 19, 2019,...

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Promoting Maternal and Children’s Health: Women’s Health Nurses Fight Climate Change

While climate change affects human health in various ways, certain populations, such as pregnant women, the developing fetus, and children are more vulnerable to climate-related...

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Evidence-based Advice for Talking about Climate Change

Talking to people about climate change can feel like a tightrope act.  You need to snag their interest, and you want them to understand why...

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Health Is A Major Motivator for American Climate Action

Last fall, several national and international academies issued reports on the impacts of climate change, including on human health. From the IPCC to NCA4, WHO,...

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Climate change and health are inherently local: rural or urban, climate change impacts us all

Images, photos, and news coverage of climate change impacts tend to zoom in on the urban consequences- flooding in the streets after a large rain...

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Nurses utilize ecoAmerica’s research to inform outreach on climate change and health in the Nurses Climate Challenge

Throughout the years, nurses have played a vital role in addressing the many environmental hazards that affect human health. From advocating for safe workplace conditions...

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Turning Climate Panic Into Progress: Your Talking Points

[caption id="attachment_3723" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash[/caption] If Americans are hearing anything about climate change, it is likely the bad news. Our...

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Climate Attitudes Differ in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Living

[caption id="attachment_3704" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Brendan Church on Unsplash[/caption] Climate change impacts all Americans, but presents itself differently in every corner of the U.S.,...

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New Hope for Action: Key Republican Climate Attitudes Shift

As we transition into 2019 and welcome a new Congress, there is renewed hope for climate action. While political gridlock remains the greatest impediment to...

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NEHA’s Declaration on 100% Clean Energy by 2030

As part of the National Environmental Health Association’s partnership with Climate for Health, we are addressing climate change through clean energy solutions. NEHA’s Board of...

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Climate Priorities for the New U.S. Congress

Last month’s election results sent a clear message: Americans consider climate change a top priority, and they want elected office holders to act. As the...

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Climate Change is Making Headlines: How to Talk About it

Starting meaningful conversations about climate change with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and policymakers has been a challenge in the past. How do you bring up...

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Serving Up Climate Conversations for Thanksgiving

[caption id="attachment_3537" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo from Pixabay user MaggiePoo[/caption] It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are being carved, meals are being prepared, and most...

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72% of Americans Say Climate Solutions Should be a Higher Priority

Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their special report outlining the consequence of a changing climate, and the measures...

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OUR FUTURE V. THE UNITED STATES

[caption id="attachment_3451" align="alignleft" width="300"] Robin Loznak/ Our Children’s Trust[/caption] October is traditionally celebrated as children’s health month. This is a time to bring attention to health...

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Climate as a Voting Issue, Part 2: A Majority of Americans Would Vote for a Climate Candidate

With elections just around the corner, and recent news coverage about politicians talking about climate change, Americans are beginning to think about the candidates and issues they...

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NEHA and Climate for Health Release New Video Addressing Climate Change Impacts & Solutions

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in partnership with Climate for Health, a program of ecoAmerica, has developed a five-minute video featuring NEHA members’ success stories addressing climate change...

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Voting and Climate Change: Talking Points

The midterm elections are just around the corner, and many Americans are beginning to have political discussions with their friends and families, colleagues, and communities....

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Put Children’s Environmental Health at the Center This Election Season

Extreme weather conditions linked to climate change have impacted the environment, economy, and health of communities throughout the world. Recently in the U.S. alone there...

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Children’s Health Protection is a Critical Measure of Success in Addressing Climate Change

The voices of health professionals on climate solutions have been steadily rising and the health sector is stepping up to mitigate our own climate impact...

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Climate as a Voting Issue, Part 1: September American Climate Perspectives Survey

This election season has been filled with reports showing the widening partisan divide in America. Opinion gaps are growing on topics such as poor and...

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Climate change and the built environment: it’s time to make changes

Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise, Florida is vacationland and, as we all know, everything is bigger in Texas. Unfortunately, that can be a...

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Climate Change Can Bring Us Together: 5 Simple Rules for Climate Advocacy

Everywhere we turn it seems we bump up against something political. The news we watch, the athletes we support and even the restaurants where we...

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Are Americans Connecting Severe Weather to Climate Change?

Throughout the country, Americans are noticing something different about the weather. The seasons feel warmer, wildfires seem worse, and floods and hurricanes are more severe....

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Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Talking Points

Whether Americans are looking out their windows, or turning on the local news, we are increasingly confronted by severe weather events — unprecedented droughts, storms,...

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Public Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Associated with Climate Change

Nurses approach health from a holistic and comprehensive viewpoint. That holistic view of health is foundational to advocacy work I do as a member of...

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Three Takeaways on Nuclear Power Survey

Within the climate community, one of the greatest areas of debate is the role of nuclear energy in the mix of climate solutions. Nuclear power...

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July is Climate Change & Children’s Health Month

ecoAmerica and Climate for Health are joining the Children’s Environmental Health Network to put #ChildrenAtTheCenter. In January, CEHN launched a monthly education-to-action series as part...

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Health Leaders Explore Opportunities to Increase Climate Change Mitigation and Advocacy

Download Summary On May 15, ecoAmerica and Climate for Health convened more than 50 health leaders for the National Climate and Health Leadership Forum, co-hosted...

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Humans Have a Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Climate

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all people are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are...

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Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health: Making the Connection

As nurses, we know that clean air is essential for human health. Yet many people in the United States are living in areas with unhealthy...

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2018 June American Climate Perspectives: Mid-Year Summary

Americans’ attitudes on climate are changing, and the change is in a positive direction. To better understand how these views are evolving, and what that...

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Now Available: June Talking Points

Download Talking Points The discourse around a warming world often gets hung up on politics, but what Americans really care about — and want to...

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NEHA Members’ Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions

Addressing climate change can be overwhelming and daunting. However, NEHA and its Climate Change Program are up for the challenge. NEHA is meeting this task...

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A Closer Look: the Influence of Health and Faith on Climate

Are Americans looking to leaders outside of the political arena for guidance on climate change? ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners set out to find this...

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Climate changes tribal and indigenous health

Climate change is today’s greatest public health challenge. While all of us will experience the health impacts of climate change, some groups, including tribal communities, are...

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Visualizing Environmental & Climate Injustice in Rockport, Texas

I often struggle to instill in undergraduate nursing students the concept of inequity and why this is an important concept to understand for their nursing practice....

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Now Available: April Talking Points

A clean energy future is within our grasp. We can have locally-made energy from the wind and the sun that ensures our air is clean...

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Examining what impacts biking behavior beyond the bike lane: Climate and health co-benefits

We’ve all heard the expression, “If you build it, they will come.” Does it apply to bike lanes and cyclists? If we paint some lanes...

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Accelerating Health Leadership on Climate Solutions: New Polling Results Indicate Americans’ Changing Attitudes

Isaac Newton’s third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Recalling our physics lessons might give us some insight...

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Collective nursing leadership: Addressing climate change now and in the future

Since the start of our profession, nurses have made the connection between a healthy environment and improved health. Having clean air to breathe and clean...

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Honoring Our Heritage, Leaving a Legacy: Environmental Health and Climate Change

“Legacy” is defined, in part, as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past.” We often think about legacies in...

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Now Available: February Talking Points

Health professionals have always been on the front lines of caring for their patients and advocating for solutions to America’s most pressing public health concerns....

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A Path to Positive on Climate in 2018

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it...

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1 Year In: Poll Finds Trump Stirring Climate Attitudes, Action

Most of what Americans heard from the Trump Administration in its first year focused on dismissing climate change as a human-made problem, undermining the legitimacy...

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Welcome to Climate Talking Points! Your New Tools

It can be hard to have a positive discussion on climate change. It is a complex issue. Many of us are in our ideological information...

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ACLS 2017 Recommendations Report: Taking Up the Health Mantle

It’s here! The Recommendations Report from the 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit, “Taking Up the Mantle,” was published at the close of last year. On October 25 and 26,...

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Let’s Lead on Climate, featuring Chris Uejio of Florida’s BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) program

Following on the success of our Let's Talk series of guides, ecoAmerica has released Let's Lead on Climate, a new guide featuring success stories from local...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4-NOVEMBER 10

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...

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Let’s Lead: New ecoAmerica Guide Features Health Professionals Leading the Way on Climate

Following on the success of our Let's Talk series of guides, ecoAmerica has released Let's Lead on Climate, a new guide featuring success stories from...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 3

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...

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“Nurses Caring for Climate and Health”: Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, in Partnership with Climate for Health, Releases New Video

Climate change is one of the most pressing public health problems of our time. But it is also one of the greatest opportunities to make...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Melissa Ibarra

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 14-OCTOBER 20

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...

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

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...

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Q&A with 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit Speaker Dr. Georges Benjamin

ecoAmerica's 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC October 25-26.  At the Summit, attendees from across...

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

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...

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October 12, 2017 – CEH Day: A Day to Stand Up for Children’s Environmental Health

October is Children's Environmental Health Month and October 12th is Children's Environmental Health Day, a day set aside to spread awareness of and promote action...

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

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...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Aubree Thelen

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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Preparing for extreme weather to come

This is the Year of Climate Change and Health, a 12-month American Public Health Association-led initiative with monthly themes meant to raise awareness of and mobilize...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16-SEPTEMBER 22

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...

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Climate Week NYC and ecoAmerica’s American Climate Leadership Summit: Cross-sector Collaboration on Climate Solutions

This weekend marks the conclusion of Climate Week 2017, which coincided with the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.  A project of...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9-SEPTEMBER 15

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...

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

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...

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What Can Health Professionals Learn from Events Like Hurricane Harvey?

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has identified 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health.  APHA has further assigned each month of 2017...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 1

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...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 20-AUGUST 26

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...

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American Climate Leadership Summit Amplifies the Health Professional Voice on Climate Solutions

In this opinion piece in STAT, a national publication committed to topics and scientific discoveries in health and medicine, authors Gary Yohe, PhD, professor of economics and...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 13-AUGUST 19

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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New Report and Survey Demonstrate Evolving Perceptions on Climate Change

With inaction on climate policy at the federal level, hope can at times be at a low ebb for those who care about public health...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6-AUGUST 12

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30-AUGUST 5

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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New State Policy Initiative provides the antidote to federal climate policy gridlock

As the federal government waivers and remains gridlocked on policy to protect the public’s health from the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, this week marked...

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

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 16-JULY 22

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Jason Craig

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 9-JULY 15

Every Monday, Climate for Health shares the past week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments in climate and...

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A Climate and Health Conference and Climate Day LA: An Auspicious Start to a New Beginning

In the last few weeks since beginning my new position as Program Manager of ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program, I’ve had the opportunity to participate...

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

While the Trump administration is busy cutting back environmental regulations that support and promote the public's health, it is also making it more difficult for...

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CLIMATE AND HEALTH NEWS: TOP STORIES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 25-JULY 1

The dangers posed by a changing climate are pervasive, from threats to our individual health from vector-based disease to inequality and disruptions to our food...

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP IN LA: INTERVIEW WITH NOURBESE FLINT

Nourbese Flint is the Policy Director and Manager of Reproductive Justice Programming for Black Women for Wellness and a Climate Day LA speaker. Tell us about your...

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP IN LA: INTERVIEW WITH RACHELLE REYES WENGER

Rachelle Wenger is the Director of Public Policy & Community Advocacy of Dignity Health and a scheduled speaker for Climate Day LA 2017. Tell us about your...

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A Call to Action: Nurses’ Inspiring Leadership on Climate and Health

On June 12th and 13th, almost 100 nursing professionals from around the country came to Washington, D.C. to attend the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 18-June 24

Summer’s here, and that means heat waves, which are often amplified by climate change.  “Deadly heat waves could endanger 74% of mankind, study says,” by...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Tanjila Taskin

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held their first-ever Learning Institute:...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 11-June 17

This past week saw Washington lagging behind on climate even as the rest of America was stepping up. “EPA: Air pollution rule should be delayed--despite...

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Post-Paris Pullout, the Health Sector Is Stepping Up for Climate Action

When President Donald J. Trump announced on June 1 that he intends to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement, many of us...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 4-June 10

Leaders from all across America and the globe continued to make climate pledges and plans in the wake of the President's rejection of the Paris...

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Talking About Climate Change in the Emergency Department

Should we be talking about the health impacts of climate change with our patients in the emergency department (ED)? Admittedly, this is a question I...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 28-June 3

Top of the news this week was the President's June 1 decision to pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change.   "Trump announces...

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New Field at Intersection of Planet, Humanity & Health Kicks Off Premier Conference

During the last weekend in April, while millions took peacefully to the streets for climate marches, nearly 400 people--hailing from 28 countries and 30 states...

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

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...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Ruth McDermott-Levy

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 14-20

U.N. climate negotiations concluded in Bonn, Germany on Thursday with delegates pressing on despite the Trump Administration's possible pulling out of the Paris pact. Nevertheless,...

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Challenging, but Worth It: Developing a Climate-Change Communication Workshop

Medical students often complain that we don’t have enough time to do the things we want to do (outside of coursework) because of medical school’s...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 7-May 13

Last week, we got several pieces of good news on the climate politics front:  "Trump administration delays decision on leaving climate pact,” by Coral Davenport...

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The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments to Host Climate Change and Health Event for Nurses

Registration is now open for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)’s Climate Change, Health, and Nursing: A Call to Action conference, to be...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of April 30-May 6

Pressure is mounting for America to #LeadOnClimate. As last week came to a close, political leaders, the international community, and his daughter Ivanka all were...

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The People’s Climate March: Standing Up for Planetary Health

Saturday, April 29 brought some weird weather to Washington, D.C.: scorching, 90-degree temperatures. But for tens of thousands of dedicated people in the nation’s capital,...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of April 23-29

From the White House to the streets of Washington, D.C. and beyond, environmental politics dominated the news this week. President Trump signed two new executive...

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During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of April 16-22

Climate change was front and center in the news this week, culminating in Earth Day and a March for Science in Washington, D.C. and other...

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Short Sleeves in January: A Medical Student’s Journey to Understanding Climate and Health

This week, ecoAmerica intern Matthew Mueller (at left) shares his personal and professional experiences with climate change and its intersection with health care. In his...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of April 9-15

This week, while the Federal Government pushed ahead on efforts to roll back progress on climate and health, most other sectors charged forward to implement...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of April 2-8

Last week, the Trump Administration was touting a revival of dirty energy and the federal Bureau of Land Management even briefly changed its homepage image...

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Updated Report & Webinar Open Dialogue on Climate Change and Mental Health

On March 29, ecoAmerica, Climate for Health, and the American Psychological Association released a new report, "Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of March 26 to April 1

It was hard to miss President Trump’s Executive Order on March 28, which essentially “repealed and replaced” the Obama Clean Power Plan and its strict...

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Get to Know a Climate Champion: Chelsea Schafer

During its Annual Meeting & Expo last fall, the American Public Health Association and Climate for Health’s parent organization, ecoAmerica, held the first-ever Learning Institute:...

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Physicians to Prioritize Climate Change as a Health Issue

Climate change is an issue that is increasingly impacting the health of our population, as we see the far-reaching and sometimes drastic effects take hold....

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Year of Climate Change and Health: ‘Clean energy’ is focus for March

This post first appeared on APHA's Public Health Newswire  2017 is the Year of Climate Change and Health, a 12-month APHA-led initiative to raise awareness...

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Local Engagement on Climate Solutions Makes Big Impacts

Our research and experience tell us the best way to inspire broad engagement and public support on climate across a large swath of Americans is...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 3

The Climate & Health Meeting in Atlanta on February 16 brought together more than 300 health professionals, scientists, climate advocates, and public officials for a...

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Nevertheless, They Persisted: Resuscitating a National Climate and Health Teach-In

Our nation’s leading climate and health experts (as far as we know) did not go so far as appropriating the now iconic phrase, “s/he persisted,”...

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Climate for Health & Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments to Collaborate on Climate Solutions

For 15 consecutive years, an annual Gallup poll has found that nursing is the most trusted profession in America. Some 84 percent of the public...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of February 12-18, 2017

Last week's Climate Change and Health Meeting dominated headlines.  Hosted by former Vice President Al Gore, the event was held on February 16 at the...

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How Are Professional Societies Engaging Their Members on Climate Change?

From architecture to medicine to water management, many professional organizations are already educating their members on issues related to climate change. But given its impacts...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of February 5-11, 2017

In climate politics, there's much speculation about what Congress and the President may or may not do. Government veterans have been weighing in on what...

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Science, Society, and Our Children’s Future

Richard Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and a professor of environmental health sciences and urban planning at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health,...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 29-February 4, 2017

With 22 executive actions taken in his first two week in office, President Trump has been pushing dramatic policy changes, even as Congress moved quickly...

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Climate for Health Partnering with American Public Health Association to Promote the “Year of Climate Change and Health”

On January 12, 2017, the American Public Health Association (APHA) launched its Year of Climate Change and Health (YOCCH) to raise awareness of the health...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 22-28, 2017

Few missed the drama of President Trump’s first week in office, which included a temporary freeze on science communications from federal agencies and the pre-emptive...

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How Regional Carbon-Cutting Efforts Improve Public Health

Residents of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are healthier these days, thanks to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  According to a new, independent analysis...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 15-21, 2017

The news was sobering during a week that began with Congress' moves to repeal Obamacare and culminated in the inauguration of a President who denies...

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Taking Action On Climate Change: Huge Opportunities for Global Health Improvements

This week's guest authors are Phil Polakoff M.D., a consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and executive producer/host of A HEALTHIER ME,™ a...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 8-14, 2017

This week, one of President Obama’s last, was heavy on politics. The Commander in Chief took final acts on behalf of the environment, and Congress...

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Walking: A Simple “Step” for Human and Climate Health

Sun, rain, or snow, walking is an eco-friendly form of exercise most people can do throughout their lifetime. According to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy,...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of December 31-January 7

We don't want you to miss a thing when it comes to climate and health news. And now we're including the reporters' names so you...

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Speaking Through Your Spending: Fossil Fuel Divestment & the Health Care Field

Donald Trump is under pressure to divest himself of his business holdings, which may create a conflict of interest once he is President. As the...

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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of December 23-30

New year, new feature! We know how busy health professionals are, so each Monday morning, the Climate for Health blog will catch you up by...

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How Transforming Public Spaces Can Improve Health & Tackle Climate Change

The effects (and causes) of climate change affect everyone the world over. But exactly how they will affect our health, and to what extent, depends...

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Coming Together: A Vision for 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, the United States is being pulled in two directions. As signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement, we are committed...

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For Dr. Susan Pacheco, Climate Care Is Health Care

Ten years ago, Dr. Susan Pacheco, a pediatric immunologist/allergist at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, was concerned about the...

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American Leaders to Trump: U.S. Must Look Forward, Not Backward on Climate Change

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to reverse much of the progress our nation has made on climate. His recent appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott...

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New Ways to Engage U.S. Latinos on Climate and Health

One of ecoAmerica’s major goals for 2017, according to president Bob Perkowitz, is to “ramp up discussion on climate equity with our partners” and to...

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5 Areas Where Changes to Environmental Laws May Affect Climate & Health

During the Thanksgiving holiday, you may have had a chance to discuss climate change and the recent elections at gatherings with family and friends (or...

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ANHE’s New e-Textbook Features Climate Guidance for Nurses

Since its founding in 2008, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), a member organization of Climate for Health, has been fulfilling a mission...

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Climate for Health Plays a Big Role at Major Public Health Conference

Climate for Health just returned from another invigorating American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. This year’s conference, held at the Colorado Convention Center in...

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While Countries Negotiate, We Can Communicate

Ready, set, heal the planet! Jonathan Pershing, Ph.D., the United States’ special envoy for climate change, is now in Marrakech, Morocco, one of the official...

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Storms’ Health Effects Open Opportunities for Climate Action

The fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on October 29 was a sobering reminder of the unique professional and personal challenges faced by health professionals who...

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How Extreme Weather, Health, and Communities Connect

Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has...

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3 Reasons Why Climate Solutions Offer Ways to Address Children’s Health

When we think of climate change, the images we conjure up often have to do with melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and severe drought. These...

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How Advocates of the Environment Have Become Champions of Public Health

Air pollution has obvious impacts on our environment. Its effects on our forests, lakes and rivers are not new. Remember acid rain? Burning of fossil...

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Politics Aside: 3 Ways to Focus on Climate and Health During Election Season

In this politically heated time of year, many of us are tired of finger pointing, name-calling and divisiveness. Let’s get real: a mild case of...

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Symposium Geared Toward Health Professionals Focuses on Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), one of Climate for Health's partners, has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and...

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Short Film Highlights a Movement of Health Professionals Addressing Climate Change for the Sake of Public Health

Health Care Without Harm, one of Climate for Health's partners, aims to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a...

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September 30th Webinar Offers Health Professionals Strategies to Talk about Climate Change

On September 30th from 1pm to 2pm ET, our research team will present a free webinar to give attendees and in-depth look at our new communications guide,...

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8 Ways to Enhance Your Knowledge About Climate Health

Climate change is altering our environment and, subsequently, our health. From increased rates of seasonal allergies and asthma to expanding the reach of vector-borne diseases,...

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The Top 5 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss Our Learning Institute

This year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting will take place in Denver from October 29 - November 2. Learning Institutes are half- or full-day...

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Dr. Mollie Marti on Building Resilience to Climate Challenges

Mollie Marti, PhD, JD, is President and CEO of the nonprofit National Resilience Institute with a mission of growing human resilience before, during, and after...

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The Climate Movement Can Use Your Creative Approaches to Action

Never underestimate the value of your ideas. It’s easy to discount the whimsical thoughts that may pass through our heads while exercising, taking a shower,...

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When it Comes to Water, Minimizing Climate Impacts is Critical for Human Health

It’s easy to be fooled that warmer winters and less rainfall are some of climate change’s more pleasant outcomes. Who doesn’t love rain-free picnics and...

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Dr. Susan Clayton on How Climate Change Affects Mental Health

Dr. Susan Clayton is an environmental psychologist and chair of the environmental studies program at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and co-author of the...

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Making Green Ribbon Schools as American as Apple Pie

In the heat of mid-summer, many of us partake in the time-honored tradition of heading to a state or county fair to ogle over the...

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Dr. Lise Van Susteren On How Climate Changes Mental Health

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is an American psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC with a special interest in the psychological effects of climate change....

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Dr. Richard Jackson on Healthy Community Design and Transportation

Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has...

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Health Leaders Turn Up the Heat on Climate Literacy

The hills of Kern County were ablaze last week as wildfires swept across California's breadbasket, the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Brought on by severe heat...

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A Common Vision: Why Fighting Climate Change Can Unite a Diverse Set of Sectors

The average scientist and clergyman may not, on the surface, seem to have a whole lot in common. It’s possible they have vastly different viewpoints...

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Our Moral Obligation: The Duty to Warn… and to Act

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is an American psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC with a special interest in the psychological effects of climate change....

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What Inspires You? How to Take Advantage of Your Personal Interests to Motivate for Change

Recently, a 12-year-old ukulele player named Grace VanderWaal appeared on America’s Got Talent and performed what I would call one of the most beautiful original...

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The Stories Are Real: How Climate Change Impacts Children’s Lives

A recording of Climate for Health’s second webinar in our four-part series, “Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children’s Health,” jointly hosted by the American Public...

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Matters of the Heart: How Working to Alleviate Air Pollution Can Reduce Heart Disease

Putting Their Heart into It For decades, teams of environmental advocates have worked tirelessly to raise concerns about air pollution with local policymakers, in Washington,...

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Health Protected with New Methane Standards is a First Step Towards Needed Controls on All Wells

Kathy Attar is the Toxics Program Manager at Physicians for Social Responsibility. She holds a Masters in Public Health degree from UCLA. Last week, the...

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All Children Have the Right to a Clean Environment

If you’re a parent, you’ve heard your child exclaim something in life “isn’t fair”; the portion of ice cream, the amount of time on the...

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Overcoming the Psychological Barriers for Climate Action

We all have our idiosyncrasies. People are quirky, and the way we operate is not always rational or deliberate. Some of us know exercise is...

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Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health

Despite well-researched reports showing that climate change is affecting health right now in America, only about 1/3 of Americans are aware of the risks. Most...

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         In America, our diversity defines us. The “melting pot” created from our heterogeneous population is what makes our country unique. With varying ethnic backgrounds,...

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APHA and ecoAmerica Begin Four-Part Webinar Series on Climate Change and Health

From May through June, the American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica will co-sponsor a four-part webinar series entitled "Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health". The...

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3 Ways in Which Climate Change Impacts the Health of the Poor

Though the polar bear on an iceberg remains the iconic image of global warming, it's clear that the impacts from climate change on the human...

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New Study Reveals What Drives People to Act on Climate Change

According to a new study in Nature Climate Change, highlighting personal risk from climate change and the consequences of inaction offer the most motivating evidence...

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Health Partnerships Grow to Statewide Coalitions for Clean Energy

They say politics breed strange bedfellows. Evidently, good ideas breed new allies. Across the country, burgeoning coalitions in many states have come together in support...

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Calling All Creative Thinkers: Need Smart Ways to Create Energy in Order to Protect Health

Desperate times call for desperate measures and, given the state of our global climate, it seems we need to dig deep to create a viable...

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The Benefits of Curbing Air Pollution You Probably Haven’t Considered

A recent conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) entitled "BREATHE" outlined the high costs of air pollution alongside the tremendous benefits...

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Sharing Call: “Greening the Operating Room”

"As hospitals across the country look for ways to reduce environmental impact, it makes sense to start with the departments that have the largest environmental...

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Why Clean Energy is Critical for Our Children’s Healthy Future

"By using more clean energy, we also avoid some very dangerous health threats, particularly for those who are most vulnerable - our children," writes Dr....

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National Scientific Assessment Reveals Need for Climate Action to Protect Human Health

An assessment by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), called for under President Obama's Climate Action Plan and released earlier this week, discusses the...

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How Working to Alleviate Climate Impacts Can Reduce the Need for Genetically Engineered Foods

According to a new study published in Nature Climate Change, several key crops will be drastically affected, if not made extinct, by climate change. The...

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Minnesota’s Health Care Community Joins Together for a Healthy Climate

In March, a group of 125 Minnesota physicians, nurses, public health professionals and students delivered a letter to Minnesota’s legislators. The letter urged senators and...

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Why Climate Action Leads to a “Virtuous Circle” of Positive Results

Working on climate solutions is not all sunshine and rainbows. Health professionals who take on climate work have strategies to develop, teams to build, and...

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Tweet Tweet: A Little Birdy Wants to Tell You About National Public Health Week 2016 Twitter Chat

  National Public Health Week 2016 Twitter Chat (#NPHWchat) — Wednesday, April 6 at 2PM — This year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will...

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What Will Global Warming Do to Our Diets and Waistlines?

Recent news explains why a vegetarian diet is most ideal for our environment, and for stemming climate change. But how about the reverse? What will...

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How to Get the Ear of Key Leaders When Talking About Climate Health

The upcoming National Climate Assessment, the guiding document for federal, state and local climate policy in this country, must be crafted carefully with key listeners...

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Introducing a New Type of Medical Practice: Climate Change Care

So long are the days when medical care was limited to addressing broken legs and fevers. Now, climate change is also a medical matter. Health...

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Bold Climate Action Needed from Health Care Sector as Extreme Weather Becomes ‘New Normal’

Last week, on World Meterological Day and in recognition that extreme weather has become the new normal, the United Nations encouraged bold action on climate...

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Why a Vegetarian Diet Can Improve our Economy and Environment

If Americans consumed less meat, we'd be less obese and generally healthier. These improvements would lead us to economic savings from healthcare costs, says a...

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WHO Study Says 23 Percent of Deaths Are Linked to Pollution and Are Avoidable

A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that 23 percent of deaths that occur each year, affecting nearly 12.6 million people, are...

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How to Address the Clear Line Between Climate Impacts and Gentrification

A new report released by Puget Sound Sage and Got Green, based on interviews with 175 residents and 30 organizations, reveals that the poor and...

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Presentation: How Climate Change Will Affect Public Health and the Practice of Medicine in Maryland

As the challenges of our changing climate increasingly affect human health, schools of public health and medicine must begin to weave lessons in about how...

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Health Professionals Protect the Climate, Press for Clean, Healthy Renewable Energy

Barbara Gottlieb is the Director of Environment & Health for Physicians for Social Responsibility Progress to slow the pace of climate change is uneven, and...

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A Prescription for Healthy Future

An increasing number of nurses and doctors around the country understand the overlaps between climate change and public health. As nurse Jan VanRiper, director of...

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Pollution Reductions Mean Healthier, Longer Lives and Financial Gains

What would America pay to prevent 300,000 lives in the next 15 years? You may, instead, want to turn this question around to ask: How...

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What the Zika Virus Represents About Our Changing Climate and Health

The impact of climate change on global temperatures is wreaking havoc on our environment. Last week's record of more than two degrees Celsius above “normal”...

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What Can Joining Climate for Health Do For You?

Climate for Health is a national initiative led by a diverse network of health leaders from across the health sector representing key health care, public...

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Study Reveals Interaction of Maternal Asthma and Air Pollution on Preterm Birth

A sizeable new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reveals the overlap between women with asthma and their significantly increased chances of...

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How Practitioners Can Put Paris Climate Plans into Action

The climate negotiations in Paris were a wonderful way to jumpstart climate solutions. But they were only just that: a start. Now, those of us...

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Prevention Advisory Group Forms Resolution Acknowledging Impact of Climate Change on Health

The National Prevention Council, chaired by the Surgeon General, has created an Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. This Presidentially...

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To Everything There Is a Season. So What Happens When Allergy Season Doesn’t End?

As Bill McKibben writes in his op-ed below, last week's temperature readings across the northern hemisphere read two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first...

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Why Public Health Professionals Ought to Care About Fracking

With all the recent talk of California's Porter Ranch, methane leaks have become a hot topic. When a problem this big arises out of thin...

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How Climate Action Can Ensure Reliable Access to Affordable, Nutritious Food

A study published in The Lancet last week finds that climate change could account for more than 500,00 deaths in 2050 because it creates a...

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How Climate Change’s Impact on Public Health Is a Human Rights Issue

A recent issue of the Annals of Global Health explores the health implications of climate change. In the issue, the authors encourage action to help...

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The Financial and Health Benefits of Supporting Climate Solutions

Acrosss the country, public health professionals, parents, professors and physicians are mobilizing to show their support for the Clean Power Plan. This, following an announcement...

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The Role that Mental Health Experts Can Play In Encouraging Sustainable Living

As Climate for Health leader and well-known psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren recently explained in our leader spotlight, climate change is having significant adverse impacts on...

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How Hospitals Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

Hospitals generate greenhouse gases in a variety of ways. Their energy and food choices, the supplies they use, the structures they build, and the waste...

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Climate-Smart Transit Choices Create Healthy Bodies

It just so happens that climate solutions are healthy body solutions. And I'm not just talking in terms of general atmospheric improvements from CO2 reductions...

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Why Health Practitioners Should Leave No One Behind When It Comes to Climate Change

The impacts that climate change has and will continue to have on human health are broad and diverse. Some regions will be hit harder and...

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How Reducing Emissions Can Save Society Money, Partially By Protecting Health

This week, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds that by eliminating dangerous particulates and gases, policies that focus on vehicle and power plant...

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Increasing Temperatures, Increasing Health Risks

In Los Angeles, climate change is predicted to warm by an average of five degrees in the next thirty-five years. Extreme heat, which accounts for...

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The Majority of Americans Want Climate Action: How Health Professionals Can Lead The Way

The time is ripe for transformative climate action: the latest University of Texas Energy Poll shows that the majority of Americans want action against climate...

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Children Need a Strong Clean Power Plan

As a pediatrician, I take care of kids. I help keep them healthy by diagnosing illness, protecting them from injury and counseling their parents on...

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How Healthcare Leaders Can Protect Our Vulnerable Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just identified twelve areas with high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution. Sulfur dioxide is emitted by coal plants, and...

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The Link Between Coal and Respiratory Diseases

Health leaders know that asthma and lung cancer are linked to air pollution. In states that are heavily reliant on coal power, air pollution is...

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How Healthy Eating Can Make Our Planet Healthier

Eating right has obvious health benefits – after all, you are what you eat. By eating with our health in mind (less processed foods, more...

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Why Climate for Health and Our Partners Call for the Clean Power Plan to Proceed

Last week's Supreme Court's decision to put a stay on the Clean Power Plan will be detrimental to human health and the climate. This is...

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Passionate About Greening the Health Sector? Apply to Be the Next CleanMed Keynote Speaker

At this year's annual CleanMed conference, two of Climate for Health's partner organizations, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, will introduce an entirely new...

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The Dermatological Impacts of Air Pollution

The sun is not the only cause of skin discolorations. A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reveals that nitrogen dioxide (NO2)...

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NOAA’s Climate and Health Webinar, Now Archived for Viewing

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) recently presented Getting Personal, Getting Real: Health in the Teaching of Climate & Earth Science via webinar, which...

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Why Health Institutions Will Soon Have No Reason Not to Use Renewable Energy

While the number of health facilities using renewable energy have increased in recent years, there are still many that have yet to take the plunge....

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Dr. Lise Van Susteren, Psychiatrist, Tackles Climate Change in the Field of Mental Health

Climate for Health's leaders represent a diverse set of professions. From public health to nursing and environmental health, leaders in the health sector have emerged...

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Why Health Practitioners Should be Paying Attention to the California Gas Leak

The California gas leak is not just a problem in terms of its odor. It is literally making people sick. Local residents have reported headaches,...

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Why the AAP Believes in the Clean Power Plan

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to ensuring that children have an optimal environment in which to live, learn, and play. It's no...

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What the Zika Virus Has to Do with Climate Change

With all the talk about the Zika virus lately, and the World Health Organization's having declared the outbreak a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern"...

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Coming Together in Faith on Climate Videos: Sustenance for Our 2016 Climate Journey

Like most sectors of society, the health sector is made up of a diverse group of individuals from many walks of life. From doctors and...

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How Improving the Health of Soil Can Improve Community Health

By the time medical students have completed school, they are well aware of the basic interconnections between nature and humanity. On its own, nature does...

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How to Plan for Health in the Long-Term in Light of Climate Change

The 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was recently held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, and touched upon many issues surrounding climate change and sustainability. To ensure...

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February 1 Webinar: Health in the Teaching of Climate and Earth Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Stewards Education Project welcomes Dr. John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director...

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The Unique Opportunity that Clinicians Have to Frame Climate as a Health Imperative

In the most recent Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Howard Koh from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hits the proverbial...

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Are New England Health Professionals Ready to Address Threats Associated With Climate Change?

When we envision the impacts of climate change many of us think of small islands in distant places. We don't always associate colder regions with...

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A Sign that Climate Change is Becoming Mainstream in the Medical Community

"Climate change" used to sound political. Now, it has become a factual, mainstream topic. Even the medical community has assimilated it into its messaging. Just...

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Why Health Professionals Have an Obligation to Protect Poor Communities from Coal Ash

If you look at environmental exposures, low income and minority communities receive more coal ash, a result of burning coal, which is often laden with...

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Gundersen Health System Honored for Work Addressing Patient and Environmental Health

As the climate crisis continues to worsen Global Green and Healthy Hospitals has organized a 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge to mobilize health care around the...

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America Public Health Association Formally Releases Their Statement on Climate Change

With the new year comes new understandings and new frames. The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently released their new policy entitled "Public Health Opportunities...

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January 25 Webinar: Health Voices for the Clean Power Plan

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), one of Climate for Health's organizational partners, will be hosting a webinar entitled "Health Voices for the Clean Power Plan"...

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On National Climate Leadership, Health Experts are Influential

Billionaire Tom Steyer is crusading to get Barack Obama to heed his message that climate change should be front and central in national policy discourse....

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Why Working Toward Climate Solutions Offers Better Health at a Lower Cost

This week's Health Affairs Blog, which we've incorporated below, is one that all health care providers should read. It offers perspectives from the CEOs of...

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The Primary Reason We Should Avoid Fracking

A new report by the Yale School of Public Health reveals more than 200 toxins can be found in fracking fluids and wastewater, in addition...

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Americans Agree That Climate Action is Needed: Now, Let’s Act

A recent Monmouth University poll found that not only do the majority of Americans believe in climate change, but are in favor of government action...

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Why the Clean Power Plan is Truly a Health Initiative

For busy health professionals, it's fairly easy to turn a blind eye to issues that don't pertain directly to medicine or fall within the realm...

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How to Tackle Climate-Related Diseases Before They Hit

Evidently, a substantial increase in disease-carrying mosquitos is expected in California this year, as the Los Angeles Times reports below. We hate to break it...

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Why Health Professionals Shouldn’t Make Climate Change So Personal

Climate change discussions don't just roll off the tongue. Not if you don't want to pick an argument or depress someone, that is. So how...

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How Food Policy Could be the Most Overlooked Climate Solution

Three times a day we look right at a climate solution and don't see it. Mealtime. Food policy likely offers the biggest bang for the...

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For Buildings, Healthy is the New Green

What's good for the earth is good for us. So it won't surprise you that sustainable buildings have health benefits for the people who work...

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ecoAmerica’s 11 Biggest Milestones of 2015

2015 was an incredible year for the climate movement, with leaders in every sector speaking out and demanding climate action. ecoAmerica continued to empower those...

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3 Practical Lessons Health Professionals Can Glean From Keystone

2015 was an important year for climate action, and one of the most significant climate achievements was the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline. After...

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Some Reasons for Health Professionals to Have Hope for the Climate

When Climate Central asked climate experts why they had hope for the climate, most of them pointed to the United Nations' Paris agreement that occurred...

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Why Making Methane Leaks from Gas Development Visible is a Critical Step Toward Bettering Health

Called the largest public health disaster in Los Angeles, California, the recent discovery of a tremendous methane leak at the Porter Ranch storage facility illustrates...

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2015: We’ve Heard the Bells for Climate Action

At a recent holiday concert in Maine, Portland Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Moody ended the event with a song filled with melancholy, despair and ultimately...

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No Snow for Christmas in the Big Apple: The Health Implications of Mismatched Weather

Preparing for a final round of 2015 work travel, I pulled down my suitcase and, before selecting my wardrobe, conferred with my personal assistant. “Hey...

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Why Every Hospital Should Develop a Climate Plan

Diseases related to air pollution kill seven million people annually, accounting for one in every eight deaths globally every year, according to the World Health...

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Last week, Dr. Linda Rudolph, one of Climate for Health's leaders, presented to the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee regarding the need to stop our...

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new report which outlines the costs and benefits of action and inaction on climate. This report crosses...

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How to Train Your Doctor: Medical Schools Tackle Climate Education

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Although I’ve worked in Washington D.C. at the national level for years, a White House invitation still holds the thrill of scoring the quintessential “golden...

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Study Finds Relationship Between Low Birth Weights and Climate Change

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From a rise in respiratory ailments caused by pollution, to the spread of vector-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, climate change is having an increasingly...

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There's no one on earth that won't experience the impacts of global warming. As researchers are finding, however, some populations are disproportionately impacted by it....

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An exciting climate and health summit will take place in Washington, DC this fall and is organized by many of Climate for Health's partner organizations,...

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A student activist and a public health professional will see climate change from different angles. Their approaches will be quite different, too. This is why, from...

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This month, Climate for Health's partner organization, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (AHNE), will be holding 4 trainings for nurses on climate change...

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Just as the Climate for Health program focuses on health leadership regarding climate change, another one of ecoAmerica's sectors, Path to Positive, focuses on climate...

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Why Social Networking is the Key to Climate Resilience

You know how they say people with good support networks wind up being happier and healthier? This tends to be the case for communities, too....

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Why Your Doctor Should Advocate for Higher Fuel Economy Standards

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Climate for Health leaders are part of a broad environmental movement which has historically been comprised of, well, environmentalists. Now, environmental advocates are not only...

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How We Know Climate Health Has Become Mainstream

You know a movement has become mainstream when government agencies support it. The EPA is now working fervently to raise awareness about the health impacts...

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How to Ensure That Our Vehicles Drive Us Into A Healthy Future

Let's face it, many Americans aren't giving up their big cars anytime soon. We like choice. We like space. We have equipment to carry and...

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How Research on Environmental Regulations Can Point to Public Health Improvements

In the first peer-reviewed scientific study on the foreseeable impacts of the EPA's landmark climate rule, researchers from Syracuse University and Harvard University say that,...

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Next Gen of Health Professionals: Addressing Climate Impacts is Part of Job

So you want to be a health professional? Evidently, studying the human body is no longer your only quest. Climate change now presents the next...

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What a Study of 83,672 Babies Reveals About Air Pollution Near You

A sizable study including 83,672 babies reveals that air pollution causes them to have lower birthweights, which can lead to health impacts years later. The...

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Thirsty for Climate Solutions: How Climate Change Affects Our Water

Climate for Health partners with many well-established and highly respected organizations. One of them, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), won a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize...

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Why Nuclear Energy is Not a Healthy Solution to Climate Change

It's incredible what people will do for money. Since 2012, the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico has been trying to persuade members of Congress to...

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Survey Results Show Oil and Gas Industry Professionals Are Also Concerned About Climate Change

Health is not the only sector of society worried climate change. It turns out, even oil and gas industries are concerned. In an opinion survey...

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How Is Climate Change Affecting the Health of Low Income Americans?

Across the country, low income residents face higher rates of diseases, disabilities, and adverse health conditions. Since low income communities are often communities with people...

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Hospitals Take Health to a New Level: Outside Their Walls

The organization Global Green and Healthy Hospitals sets out to support existing efforts around the world to promote greater sustainability and environmental health in the...

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The Most Important Step to Improving Human and Environmental Health

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New CDC Report Discusses How to Adapt to Climate Change to Avoid Disease and Injury

To guide the nation’s public health workforce in preparing for climate change, CDC has developed a unique framework known as BRACE, or Building Resilience Against...

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Why 3 out of 4 Doctors Say Climate Change Is Already Affecting Patients’ Health

Surveys of physicians from a climate change research center and three major medical societies recently revealed notable findings about how climate change is affecting patients'...

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How Bringing Down the Planet’s Fever Can Keep Us Out of the Sickbed

The health consequences of global warming are vast and diverse. From the spread of vector-borne diseases to increased incidences of asthma, allergies and mental health...

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Why Persistant Organic Pollutants Have Everything to Do with Your Health

There is a plethora of links between environment causes and human disease. The environment has a major impact on our health and public health professionals...

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A Moral Imperative To Lead on Climate – 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit

On Tuesday, Pope Francis sent out a call to care for creation as a matter of caring for all of humanity (via Twitter!). His Papal Encyclical...

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On Earth Day, a Reminder that What is Good for the Environment is Good for Your Health

In recognition of Earth Day, Climate for Health would like to acknowledge the leaders who have taken action to protect our health and communities from...

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An Essential Step to Ensuring Food Security and Water for All

In a joint report released last week, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the the World Water Council say that by 2015 "some 60...

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Using the FitBit Model to Create Climate Solutions in Health Care

Dr. Linda Rudolph has worked for decades for better living and working conditions, to support health and prevent illness, and for better healthcare to meet...

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A New Way for Medical Professionals To Be Environmental Stewards for Positive Change

A new white paper paper released by Health Care Without Harm makes the health, economic, and theological arguments for coal divestment. Crossing sectors, the paper...

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Why Fossil Fuels are Wreaking Havoc on Hormones and Health

Gasoline additives that are emitted into the air during combustion may disrupt people's hormone systems at low levels considered previously safe, say researchers from The...

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Balancing the Scale: How Clean Energy Leads to Health Equity

The environmental justice movement was created to ensure that all people receive the same protection from environmental and health hazards. Considering the poorest U.S. citizens...

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A Call for Health Professionals to Chime in on the Impacts of Climate Change

Calling all health professionals! A report expected to be released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in early 2016 will provide needed context for...

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How Does the Precautionary Principle Apply to the Climate Movement?

The precautionary principle, though most commonly referred to by policy makers, gets to the heart of what the health sector aims to achieve: prevention. The...

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National Health and Government Leaders Focus on the Link Between Climate and Health

Last week, ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program (including co-sponsors Health Care Without Harm and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance) gathered over 70 leaders from...

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America Speaks: What the White House Has to Say About Climate Change and Public Health

This week, President Obama brought attention to the many links between climate change and public health threats. In the below CNN interview by Dr. Sanjay...

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Climate for Health Celebrates National Public Health Week

As the health effects of climate change become more evident among human populations, we have no choice but to adapt to these present and future...

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Why We Don’t Have to Choose Between a Healthy Environment and a Health Economy

Despite big polluter supported messaging that carbon standards would raise prices, Green for All's 2014 "Climate Change and Communities of Color" poll found that 76...

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How to Prevent a Frack Attack (and Why Fracking is a Matter of Public Health)

Medical professionals have the best reason to focus on eliminating dirty sources of energy. Ultimately, these are the very sources that cause their patients to...

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How Medical Professionals Can Address Human Rights Via Climate Change

When a physician treats a patient, she does so with a fundamental appreciation for the life of that individual. Age, race, creed and financial status...

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Creating a Tipping Point for Climate Solutions

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The Trick to Talking About Climate Change

Say what you want about climate change, but you're not necessarily going to get people to listen. Jonathan Mingle's story, below from the Huffington Post,...

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Why Climate Health and Environmental Justice Go Hand-in-Hand

A new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry indicates that children born and raised near inner-city pollution sources can wind up with reduced white...

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Food Impacts: A Good Reason to Avoid the Taste of Climate Change (Blech!)

Studies have shown that the nutritional quality of food may be at risk if climate change intensifies. Now, as CBS News covers below, a new...

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7 Ways Health Professionals Can Tie Climate Change Into Work

Let's face it: climate change is not the topic everyone wants to raise in conversations. Although many of us are well aware of the urgency...

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Eminent Speakers to Join 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit

This May, at the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit, Climate for Health leaders will join other professionals at the forefront of climate action. These professionals cross...

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Why Showing Your Personal Side Can Help You Connect with Patients on Climate

Clinicians, nurse practioners, specialists, mental health experts and other health professionals all have distinct roles with the health community. Even within these medical roles, however,...

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One Woman’s Good Idea and How She is Driving Climate Solutions Into the Future

As we all know, climate change is a complex problem. Addressing it requires many minds and good ideas. Though health professionals may have interest in...

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Why it’s Important to Celebrate Climate and Health Successes

Every year, the American Public Health Association sponsors an initiative called National Public Health Week. This year it falls from April 6 to 12. The...

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National Health Leaders to Convene on Addressing Climate Impacts and Mobilizing Climate Action

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce our inaugural Climate for Health National Leadership Convening, being held in partnership with our co-sponsors and Leadership Circle members, Health...

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Health Leaders Will Reach Across Sectors with Goal of Climate Solutions at MomentUs Summit

At the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit this May, Climate for Health leaders will join other professionals at the forefront of climate action. These professionals span...

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Why Doctors and Nurses Shouldn’t Just Treat Symptoms: Time for Climate Action

Doctors, registered nurses and respiratory therapists can see the writing on the wall: a polluted climate leads to sick patients. Now, public health problems from dirty...

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Key Benefits of Urban Greenery on Mental Health

Greenery is good for you. And we're not just talking about eating your vegetables. A recent study by the University of Exeter Medical School, published...

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Health Professionals Can Use Fracking Research to Prevent Future Illnesses

The health implications of unconventional gas production are quite alarming, as an increasing number of studies reveal from top universities such as Cornell, Yale, the...

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Climate for Health Leaders Convene for 2015 MomentUs Summit

Announcing the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit, May 20-21 ecoAmerica is pleased to announce our 5th annual leadership summit. Path to Positive, the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit,...

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Why the Health Impacts of Fossil Fuels Should be Factored into Their Price

If you take health and environmental considerations into account when looking at different forms of energy, you'll see the costs of each of them will...

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Health Care Professionals Need to Fight Fossil Fuels as They Did Tobacco

Like smoking, the public's addiction to fossil fuels is incredibly bad for our health. In fact, cigarette smoke is essentially the indoor version of what...

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Health Care Facilities Hold the Key to Reducing Leading Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Who's to blame for climate change? While certainly not the only culprit, health care facilities contribute a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions to our...

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California’s Climate and Health Improvements are Inspirational

Just as pollution causes problems, cleaning up creates cures. Children in Southern California have become a prime example of the measurable health successes that society...

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Reducing Air Pollutants Means Improving Children’s Brain Development

Childhood developmental disability rates are on the rise and improvements in diagnosis can't fully explain the increase. It seems we may now know one of...

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Working Toward Climate Solutions Can Slow the Spread of Diseases

Interested in preventative medicine? Working toward climate solutions is preventative by nature and can ward off tropical diseases for years to come. Diseases such as...

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The United States of Climate Change: Health Matters Coming to an Area Near You

You may not live in Minnesota but, as a Department of Public Health report there has indicated, climate change is likely soon coming to an...

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The Compelling Reason for Health Providers to Work on Climate Solutions

For a growing number of doctors, "health and climate change are no longer seen as different issues and are almost seen as synonymous because there...

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Clinical Perspectives on Climate Change: How Medical Experts Can Weigh In

What should the role of physicians be in countering climate change? "There is an urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the sake of our...

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Preventing Trigger-Pull: How Climate Change Solutions May Help Reduce Suicides

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, at least 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder. Usually, however,...

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Nurses Say No: How the Keystone XL Veto is Good for Public Health

President Obama may not have a background in medicine, but he sure is a leader in protecting public health. Using his third ever veto of...

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Causes of Climate Change and Children’s Neurological Issues are One and the Same

Coal-fired power plants are the primary source of toxic mercury air emissions in the United States. Mercury pollution, quite literally, rains down on us, contaminating...

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The Earth Is What You Eat: Keep Climate Change in Mind at the Dinner Table

The old adage "you are what you eat" now also goes for the world around you. According to scientists, animal-based foods are now seen as...

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Climate Change Solutions: Why Beginning at Home Matters

As John Podesta, recently resigned counselor to President Barack Obama, said: "Taking action on climate change today is our best hope for ensuring our children...

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Introducing a New Type of Doctor: One that Delves in to Climate Change

Through their "Doctors for Climate Health" campaign, the American Lung Association (ALA) is asking physicians to take on climate change by addressing the significant smog,...

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As the Climate Changes, What Will Vaccines Mean?

Links between climate change and human health are underscored by the rise in diseases associated with warmer temperatures. As Grist reports below, vector borne diseases...

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Kaiser Permanente Leads the Way: Green Power for Good Health

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The Best Way to Grow a Climate Following

Successful leaders in the health field will tell you that they didn't arrive at the front of the pack on their own. Though it most...

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A Culture of Climate Change: Why African Americans Give a Hoot

"Many African-Americans have never seen environmentalism as a priority until recently," reports the New Pittsburg Courier. So what's changed? People are starting to connect the...

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Champions of Change: How Leaders of All Ages Can Inspire Each Other on Climate Action

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Need Allergy Relief? Get Involved in Climate Solutions

The rising number of seasonal allergies across the country has had a widespread impact on the American population. More than 50 million Americans now experience...

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Curing a Contradiction: Why the Health Sector Must Reduce Fossil Fuels

There is no more fitting division of society than the health sector to limit carbon emissions and keep climate change at bay. Now, a new...

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To Combat Climate Change, Harness the Power of Capitalism

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The Medicine of the Future: Environmental Health

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How to Build a Career that Makes Your Kids Proud (And Protects Them, too)

A recent study by the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals that people with children in their home were more motivated to turn off their...

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The Surprising Connection Between Climate Change and Cancer

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Clean-Fuels Mean Clean Bodies: Making Climate Connections in Healthcare

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8 Reasons Why You Should Focus on Climate Solutions as a Medical Professional

We've heard it all before: "Climate change is the single biggest environmental and humanitarian crisis of our time," according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. ...

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What No One Tells You About Climate Action

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Listen While You Lead: Creating a Vision that Reflects the Populations You Serve

As a leader in healthcare, how do you infuse a vision for leading on climate and health solutions throughout your facility, organization or community? As...

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How a Healthy Environment Contributes to Having Peace of Mind

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How to Engage a Diverse Set of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Climate Solutions

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Climate Clues: How Addressing Air Pollution May Reduce Cases of Autism

A University of Pittsburgh study may have just offered detectives like Colonel Mustard a new clue to why autism rates continue to increase, and they...

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Learn Why Health Professionals Are Concerned About the Health Impacts of Climate Change

American health professionals are increasingly concerned about the health impacts of climate change. That’s why organizations like Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are strong supporters...

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The Climate Games: How to Help Fight the Biggest Battle of Our Time

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Are Americans Finally Getting Serious About Climate Change?

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How to Save Power by Talking About the Health Benefits

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Changing the Climate from the Inside Out

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Matters of the Mind: The Psychosocial Effects of Climate Change

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How Do Americans Think Climate Change Will Affect Their Health?

A national survey of Americans, conducted in October 2014 by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, indicates that most of us are relatively unaware...

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When Doctors Speak, Patients Listen

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CDC Holds First-Ever “Grand Rounds” Focused on Climate Change and Health

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How the Climate Resilience Toolkit Helps Make Climate Information More Relevant

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How Storytelling Can Enhance Climate Health

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