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

By path2positive

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 leaning on President Trump to stick with the Paris climate accord.

And after reversing course on nearly two dozen federal environmental rules, the administration was met with lawsuits challenging two of those rollbacks:

"Environmental groups sue Trump administration over off-shore drilling," by Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

"Environmental groups sue EPA over rollback of [coal] pollution rule," by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press via The Seattle Times

In state and local news, a major city and all of California are committing to 100% clean energy within a generation:

"State Senate leader calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2045," by Ryan Levi, KQED

"Atlanta wants to use 100% clean energy by 2035," by Maria Galucci, Mashable


The conservative community, and a university researcher, are exploring innovative ways to communicate successfully about climate:

"How to get the conservative climate message to Trump? Put it on TV," by Carolyn Beeler, Public Radio International

"Professor presents solutions to climate change through video series," by Deanna Necula, UCLA Daily Bruin


The health care sector is mounting ambitious new initiatives:

  • On May 2 (World Asthma Day), the Global Climate and Health Alliance and partners launched UnMask My City to connect with local health practitioners and their communities to promote practical solutions that significantly reduce urban air pollution by 2030.
  • The Planetary Health Alliance and partners held their inaugural Planetary Health/GeoHealth Annual Meeting April 28-30 in Boston. It goal: convening diverse groups committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change.
  • Station WBUR hosted this interview with Harvard's Dr. Sam Myers, director of the Planetary Health Alliance and lead organizer of the conference: "As Climate protesters march, researchers gather for new field: 'planetary health,'" by Carey Goldberg, WBUR
  • Out in the “gaslands” of western Pennsylvania, a grassroots organization has launched a public health registry to track the health effects of fossil fuel development: "Registry will study health impact from living near shale gas wells," by Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Here at Climate for Health, our blog offered my eye-witness view of the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., highlighting advocacy by the health care community.  This Thursday, look for a guest blog from Katie Huffling, executive director of Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, on ANHE's upcoming "Climate Change, Health, and Nursing: A Call to Action" conference.


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 [email protected]




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