Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of January 8-14, 2017

By path2positive

This week, one of President Obama’s last, was heavy on politics. The Commander in Chief took final acts on behalf of the environment, and Congress held hearings on Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State, former Exxon Mobil head Rex Tillerson.

In Final Address, Obama Urges U.S. to Deal with Climate Change by Emily Olden (Climate Wire via Scientific American)

Policy Forum: The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy by Barack Obama (Science magazine)

Tillerson’s Hearing Fails to Assure the American Public on Climate Change by Andrew Light et al. (World Resources Institute blog)


On the state level, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came out with State Climate Summaries, which allow anyone to view observed and projected climate-change information about each of the 50 states.

State Climate Summaries (NOAA)

New York and California in particular showed climate leadership in several ways. Governor Andrew Cuomo called for more electric-vehicle charging stations around the Empire State, and State Senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill requiring solar panels on all new buildings in the Golden State. And then there were these ambitious moves on behalf of clean skies:

New York Seeks to Develop U.S.'s Biggest Offshore Wind Projects by Scott Disavino, Reuters

California Lawmakers Offer a Plan to Extend the State's Cap-and-Trade Program by Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times


Finally, on January 12, the American Public Health Association (APHA) launched its Year of Climate Change and Health with a kickoff event in Washington, D.C. Monthly themes, events, and initiatives are planned throughout 2017. Climate for Health will be collaborating with APHA to publish blogs on topics related to the Year of Climate Change and Health, so watch this space!

Find out how to get involved here. Meanwhile, you can follow or join the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth. 

Year of Climate Change and Health  (APHA)


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