Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 18-June 24

By path2positive

Summer’s here, and that means heat waves, which are often amplified by climate change.

 “Deadly heat waves could endanger 74% of mankind, study says,” by Marianne Levelle, Inside Climate News

We’re hearing about heat stress in New York City  and Louisville, KY, made worse by the “urban heat island” effect, as explained in this story:

“How urban ‘heat islands’ threaten public health,” by Molly Peterson, Grist

Some of those public health effects include the spread of Zika virus and other diseases.

"Why you need to know about mice, ticks, warm temperatures and Lyme disease," by Melissa Banigan, The Washington Post


Medical research is also confirming the links between dirty energy and illness.

"Study quantifies health impacts of storing and transporting coal," by Benjamin Powers, Fusion

"Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes," by David Hun, The Houston Chronicle


In the face of all this, we learned how cities can play a unique role in climate and health action.

"Can urban forests cultivate sustainable health care?" by Kat Friedrich, GreenBiz

"If cities really want to deal with climate change, they have to reduce auto use," by Henry Grabar, Grist


And we saw prominent people devoting their careers—even switching jobs—on behalf of climate.

"Al Gore: Battle against climate change is like fight against slavery," by Damian Carrington, The Guardian

"Dissonance and divestment: Profile of an activist [Lisa Renstrom]," by Chuck Collins, Resilience

"Mayor [Dawn Zimmer] seeks climate job instead of 3rd term, blames Trump," Associated Press


What can you do this coming week? If you're in Los Angeles on June 27, join ecoAmerica for ClimateDay LA at the Theater At Ace in downtown Los Angeles. ecoAmerica and its event partners KCRW, Climate Resolve, FORM, and IHEARTCOMIX will present a free, daytime conference rallying Angelenos from all sectors to discuss and celebrate local solutions to climate change. Centered on the Path to Positive LA initiative, Climate Day LA will focus on building momentum  for change and will be capped off with a ticketed benefit gala featuring innovative musician Moby and a concert with top artists and DJs.

If you're not in California, you can catch highlights on our Twitter feed, @Climate4Health.  Or follow the live tweets of Path to Positive Communities writer Stuart Wood, @path2positive, and ecoAmerica's Hanna Mandell, @ecoAmerica.


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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