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

By path2positive

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 to a pile of coal. But the health -- and even political risks -- of sticking with "dinosaur" fuel have been growing increasingly clear to the financial, medical, and energy sectors:

 “Trump's coal revival will make it harder to breathe,” by the Editorial Board, Bloomberg

 “Wealth didn’t matter. Pollution from a coal-fired plant, carried miles by wind, still hurt their babies,” by Darryl Fears, The Washington Post

“U.S. coal companies ask Trump to stick with Paris climate deal,” by Valerie Volcovici, Reuters


And while the President pulled back from helping local governments prepare for the effects of climate change...

“Trump order targets local efforts to adapt to warming,” by John Upton, Climate Central


...cities like New York continue to move forward on sustainable solutions:

“Mayors will lead on climate change for political gain, says ex-NYC mayor,” by Sebastien Malo, Reuters

“Preparing for the future using lessons from Hurricane Sandy,” by David W. Dunlap, The New York Times


Meanwhile, industrial ingenuity is cutting carbon from our electricity grid and water infrastructure:

“More renewable energy for less: Capacity grew in 2016 as costs fell,” by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News

“How new technologies are shrinking wastewater’s hefty carbon footprint,” by Erica Gies, Ensia


Last but certainly not least, the health care sector was out in front this week, with The Lancet debuting the first issue of a new publication, Planetary Health. It included this article on the effects of drought on elderly populations:

“Drought and the risk of hospital admissions and mortality in older adults in western USA from 2000 to 2013: a retro-spective study,” by Jesse D. Berman et al.

On April 5, Climate for Health partner the American Public Heath Association held its annual TwitterChat in honor of National Public Health Week, during which the health community shared rapid-fire ideas on topics including climate readiness. Check it out on their Twitter feed: @PublicHealth

Finally, we have continued to receive in-depth press coverage of the Mental Health and Our Changing Climate report. The state-of-the-art study and webinar, a collaboration of ecoAmerica, Climate for Health, and the American Psychological Association, were the subjects of our blog April 6.

This Thursday, look for a highly relevant essay from guest blogger Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a member of the Climate for Health Leadership Circle.




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



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