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

By path2positive

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 positive solutions.

“What’s at stake in Trump’s proposed E.P.A. cuts?” by Hiroko Tibuchi, The New York Times

“Inside the renegade Republican movement for tackling climate change,” by Allesandra Potenza, The Verge

“Citizens’ Climate Lobby works to find solutions for climate change,” by Jason Hunsicker, Kirksville (MO) Daily Express


States and cities continue to demonstrate climate leadership:

“California is getting so much power from solar that wholesale electricity prices are turning negative,” by Cassie Werber, Quartz

“Florida makes case for climate research at Mar-a-Lago's doorstep,” by Erika Bolstad, E&E News

“Portland [Oregon] commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050,” by Anmar Frangoul, CNBC


All of which are having a measurable impact:

“Electricity’s carbon footprint in U.S. shrinks, sets record,” by Bobby Magill, Climate Central


We still have many challenges ahead, but research is helping us better understand where and how climate, the environment, and health intersect.

“Where climate change is threatening the health of Americans,” by Jacqueline Howard, CNN

“Sea-level rise in California could be catastrophic, study says,” by Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle

“Trees, science and the goodness of green space,” by Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News


Climate for Health continues to spotlight leadership within the health professions.

Last Thursday, we published a powerful analysis and call to action on climate change, disease, and mental health by psychiatrist and Climate for Health Leadership Circle member Dr. Lise Van Susteren. You can read it here.

This coming Thursday, we’ll introduce you to guest blogger and Climate for Health intern Matthew Mueller, who will share what his medical school experiences have taught him about the links between climate and health, both here in the United States and abroad.

Meanwhile, we’ve extended the submission deadline for our Let’s Lead best practices guide to May 31.  We’d love to hear about your health organization’s climate-action success story. You can submit one here.



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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