Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 28-June 3

By path2positive

Top of the news this week was the President's June 1 decision to pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change.  

"Trump announces U.S. will exit Paris climate deal, sparking criticism at home and abroad," by Philip Rucker and Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post

Health care leaders reacted swiftly, outlining what is at stake.

“Leaving the Paris Accord will be a public health disaster,” by Robin Lloyd, UnDark

“Healthcare leaders decry Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate accord,” by Steven Ross Johnson, Modernhealthcare.com

National and global leaders were also quick to respond :

“Bucking Trump, these cities, states and companies commit to Paris Accord,” by Hiroko Tabuchi and Henry Fountain, The New York Times

“U.N. chief: Not even Trump can derail global action on climate change,” by Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News

Clearly, climate solutions are all around us, and many sectors are already transitioning into more sustainable ways of doing business. That’s happening on the energy front…

“Coal country’s power plants are turning away from coal,” by Diane Cardwell and Clifford Krauss, The New York Times

“Governor McAuliffe promotes clean energy jobs in Virginia's coalfields,” by Joel Dashiell, WDBJ-7 TV

…and on the dietary front as well.

 “Eating on the brink: how food could prevent a climate disaster,” by Anna Lappe, Civil Eats

Finally, a major institution published a set of low-carbon and resilience strategies tailored to the health care sector:

“New World Bank report calls for health sector leadership on climate," by Health Care Without Harm. (Download the full "Climate Smart Health Care" report here. )

We’ve got to keep on keeping on, with an understanding that the health of the earth and its inhabitants are one and the same, as our blog on the premier Planetary Health conference explained last week. And this coming Thursday, we’ll hear from one of the next generation of climate-aware physicians. If you’re not already getting the blog in your in-box, you can sign up 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 [email protected]

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