Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 29-February 4, 2017

By path2positive

With 22 executive actions taken in his first two week in office, President Trump has been pushing dramatic policy changes, even as Congress moved quickly on a new energy agenda. Several recent actions hold serious consequences for climate and health.

 

One thing that will breach Trump's wall: climate change by Erika Bolstad, E&E News

GOP lines up resolutions to undo coal, methane pollution rules by Devin Henry, The Hill

 

However, medical professionals are taking a stand against policies that affect health care delivery.

Hundreds of doctors and nurses urge the Cleveland Clinic to resist immigration ban by Lindsey Bever and Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post

 

And there's some good news on the coal front as well:

The West’s largest coal plant may close by Bobby Magill, Climate Central

 

Stories taught us about rising sea levels' state-level challenges and solutions:

A vulnerable Delaware community braces for the impacts of sea level rise by Bruce Stutz, Yale Environment 360

Think states alone can’t handle sea level rise? Watch California by Chelsea Leu, Wired

 

...and we learned new ways to talk about climate change and get the facts out there:

In America’s heartland, discussing climate change without saying ‘climate change’ by Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times

Climate advocates study obscure U.S. law to fight Trump by Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

 

On the research front, scientistists are better understanding the effects of burning fossil fuels on our brains.

Air pollution may cause 21 percent of dementias worldwide, study suggests by Bradley J. Fikes, San Diego Union Tribune

 

Finally, this week's blog summarized the official launch of the American Public Health Association's "Year of Climate and Health" and suggested the many ways health care professionals can get involved. 

 

Think we missed something? Please email [email protected] and we’ll check it out.

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