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

By path2positive

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 orders seeking to open up more land and water to oil and gas drilling:


"How Trump’s monuments review could impact climate," by Bobby Magill, Climate Central

"Trump presses for Arctic offshore oil opening," by Ben LeFebvre, Politico

Pledges and policies to cut greenhouse gases are facing overhauls:

"Trump advisers want a better deal on Paris," by Andrew Restuccia and Josh Dawsey, Politico

"Court freezes Clean Power Plan lawsuit, signaling likely end to Obama’s signature climate policy," by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

And a government agency deleted some important scientific data:

"EPA removes climate change information from website," by Rene Mars, CNN


Let's face it: That's depressing, like the state of our Earth can sometimes feel. This story offered insights on how to cope:

"First step to 'eco-grieving' over climate change? Admit there's a problem," by Judy Fahys, National Public Radio


And there's reasons for optimism: While the Executive and Judicial branches of our government were backing off climate commitments, the Legislative branch offered an ambitious bill to phase out dirty energy...

"Bernie Sanders takes aim at Trump on climate ahead of march in DC," by Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian

...and state governments continue to lead on climate and health:

"California lawmakers push to link public health efforts to climate programs," by Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times

"Study: Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades," by Shira Schoenberg, MassLive


We'll leave you with perhaps the most inspiring news of all: On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans demonstrated their resolve to tackle the climate challenge, taking their creative messages to the streets:

"Climate march draws thousands of protesters alarmed by Trump’s environmental agenda," by Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

Watch for Thursday's blog, where I'll share my impressions (and more photos) of the D.C. march.


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 Tim Kelly at



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