Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 11-June 17

By path2positive

This past week saw Washington lagging behind on climate even as the rest of America was stepping up.

“EPA: Air pollution rule should be delayed--despite its effect on children,” by Oliver Milman, The Guardian

“Trump administration delays rules limiting methane emissions,” by Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post


We learned about the struggles and victories to be found in communicating across partisan lines and other differences:

"Fighting climate change can be lonely in oil country, especially for a kid,” by Neela Bannerjee, Inside Climate News

"Climate change communication in relation to race, class, and gender,” by Adam R. Pearson, Matthew T. Ballew, Sarah Naiman, and Jonathon P. Schuldt, Climate Science


There was good news on the renewable energy front...

“Renewables provided a record 10% of U.S. power in March,” by Joe Ryan, Bloomberg
'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost,” by Damian Carrington, The Guardian


...even as medical research revealed good reasons to move away from fossil fuels and out of our cars.

“Science is linking fossil fuels and neurological damage,” John Merck Fund

“Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist,” by Damian Carrington, The Guardian


Here at Climate for Health, we were busy supporting our partner Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments at their “Climate Change, Health, and Nursing: A Call to Action” conference June 12 in Washington, D.C. Bob Perkowitz, president of our parent organization, ecoAmerica, debuted a new health and climate communications training module with Doug Glancy of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. Climate for Health's new program manager, Tim Kelly, spent his first day at the conference. Welcome, Tim!

Finally, last Thursday's blog explored how the health care sector is pushing forward on climate in the wake of Trump’s Paris pullout. This week, we'll introduce you to another of our “Climate Champions,” Tanjila Taskin.

Can't wait? Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch the news as it happens.



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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