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Aug 2017

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Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Even More Dangerous to People’s Health

Here’s what we know: climate change can make hurricanes worse. We care about the connections to climate change because we care about health. Climate change intensifies extreme storms which threaten health directly and indirectly. It is our time as health professionals to speak up and demand responsible, safe climate policies. The reality of Hurricane Harvey pushes us to continue this work for effective climate change policy. The health and livelihood of communities including those in Harvey’s path depend on it.

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Aug 2017

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Across the globe, med students tackle climate change and health

A draft of the U.S. government’s quadrennial National Climate Assessment was leaked by a non-profit to The New York Times. The media outlet released the report under the ‘shocking’ headline that the U.S. is already experiencing the impact of the man-made climate change. Medical students were not surprised by this ‘revelation.’ Climate change is already happening, and we are sounding the alarm.

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Jul 2017

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Equity for Greater Resilience: Tools for Climate Adaptation

Climate change is a threat multiplier, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities such as chronic health issues, lack of access to emergency resources, and more. Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) recognized that practitioners and decision makers need a home for resources focused on making equitable adaption a priority instead of an afterthought—so with the help of partners they created the new Adaptation Equity Portal.

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Jun 2017

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Minneapolis: Can Mapping Assets Make a More Resilient City?

Minneapolis is currently ranked as the second US city likely to be most significantly impacted by climate change due to the drastic increase in precipitation and extreme storms during certain months and severe drought during others. In 2013, Minneapolis released a robust Climate Action Plan, which outlines strategies to reach their goals including energy efficiency and renewables, increase of bike lanes and active transport, increase recycling and composting, while ensuring sustainable and equitable growth. Minneapolis has been very proactive in reaching these goals and creating a more resilient and equitable city.

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May 2017

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Another Way The Trump Budget Threatens Climate and Public Health: Transportation Cuts

The devastating cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services proposed in President Trump’s budget have rightly gotten a lot of attention.  But there’s another piece of his destructive budget that also threatens the health of our communities and the climate: cuts to public transit and active transportation.

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May 2017

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Talking About Climate Change in Tulsa: Health Department Paves the Way

As the impacts of climate change become more frequent and extreme, Oklahoma is likely to see warming temperatures, and increased variability of precipitation events and storms, which will significantly impact the health and prosperity of Oklahomans. These climate impacts will affect respiratory health, food security, and the local agricultural economy. Warning signs like this led the Tulsa City and County Health Department (TCCHD) to recognize the health threats of climate change, and to commit to doing something about it. TCCHD Environmental Health Services Department (EHSD) was particularly concerned about the potential for warming temperatures and increased variability of rainfall to change the patterns of mosquitos in the Tulsa area.

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May 2017

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PRESS RELEASE: DOCTORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PUSH FOR ACTION TO UNMASK CITIES AS GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION TOLL GROWS

Unmask My City is a global initiative galvanizing health professionals to foster the adoption of policies in their communities that will reduce air pollution in support of the WHO 2030 goals for healthy air in cities around the world, and grow awareness of this health issue among the health sector. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), Health Care Without Harm, the Health and Environment Alliance, the US Climate and Health Alliance, the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change — and their membership organisations.

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Apr 2017

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A New and Needed Role for Public Health: Acting on Climate Change

Climate change impacts all aspects of public health, from disaster recovery to disease control to social networks to issues of equity and access. San Francisco’s Climate and Health Program, started in 2010, is one of the most comprehensive models of what health departments can do to start planning for action on climate change. To learn more about the city’s framework, we asked Ms. Comerford about challenges faced, lessons learned, advice for other departments, and more. Comerford describes the report’s distribution as “really just the tip of the iceberg” in acting on climate change.

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Apr 2017
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What you should know about Trump’s Executive Order halting action on climate change

President Trump’s Executive Order on “Energy Independence” threatens the health of all Americans by undermining efforts to defend our communities, our country, and our planet from the devastating impacts of climate change – the greatest health threat of the 21st century. We cannot wait to address climate change and its effects on our health. Trump’s Executive Order (EO) thwarts efforts to shift towards clean, renewable energy, favors dirty energy, and puts the health and well-being of Americans last—especially the health of those most vulnerable.

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Mar 2017
Savannah North

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Philadelphia Department of Public Health Leads on Climate Change

Read about Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s work to address climate change, the first in a series of blogs highlighting the climate change and health work of Local Health Departments. Local health departments are increasingly stepping up to address climate change, each in their own way. Local health departments (LHDs) have a critical role to play in addressing climate change. LHDs are mandated to protect and promote the health of residents in their jurisdiction, and provide critical health services and prevention programs especially to the most vulnerable and in under-resourced communities. LHDs also have working relationships with the many other government agencies who shape living conditions that interact with climate change to impact health.

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