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

By path2positive

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 cities.

The health news site STAT livecast the D.C. event, where Climate for Health Leadership Circle member Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, was a featured speaker.

The New York Times Magazine devoted its entire issue to climate change, opening with this essay on coping with an altered world:

“Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present,” by Jon Mooallem (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to other articles, including one on vector-borne disease.)

All eyes were on the White House, as the President considered whether to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gases.  A decision is expected in May.

“Why Trump may stick with the Paris climate deal — and what it would mean if he did,” by Brad Plumer, Vox

“Policy advisers urge trump to keep U.S. in Paris climate accord,” by Coral Davenport, The New York Times

Our leaders in Washington may be climate "skeptics," but people can be converted, as this story showed:

“Changing minds on a changing climate,” by Karin Kirk, Yale Climate Connections

Meanwhile, the health care community shared new knowledge to help us reach our patients and peers.

APHA’s Dr. Benjamin offered his expertise in this interview with Modern Healthcare: “Q&A: 'Climate change is the greatest public health threat we have”

The American Lung Association published its 2017 State of the Air report.

And Climate for Health released two handy fact sheets: Changing Climate through Healthy Community Design and Transportation and Climate Changes Mental Health.

Please visit the blog again on Thursday, when we'll introduce another Climate Champion from APHA's Leadership Institute.  Meantime, if you want to catch your  climate and health news sooner, why not follow us on Twitter?  @Climate4Health


Miranda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor specializing in environmental issues. If you have comments, questions, ideas, or would like to submit a blog of your own, feel free to contact her at Tim Kelly at



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