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News & Announcements

The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance (USCHA) is a national network of health care and public health practitioners and organizations dedicated to addressing the threat of climate change as a human and health crisis. USCHA is an affiliate of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.  Here we would like to feature USCHA members and their work that have been in the news, newsworthy items of national import, and announcements that members wish to disseminate to a wider audience.  If you would like to contribute items, please contact us at info@usclimateandhealthalliance.org.

  • “To Safeguard Against Climate Change, Defend Obamacare”

    March 16, 2017 Los Angeles Sentinel

    Important op-ed piece from Dr. Khadijah Lang, President of the Golden State Medical Association, reminding us all of how many policies create cumulative impacts on people of color and low income communities – and the connections between climate change and ACA repeal.

    “Just days into the new congressional session, Republicans are acting aggressively to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with little consensus on what will replace it. Should they succeed, as others have noted, the impacts on California’s residents and economy will be severe. California wholeheartedly embraced the ACA and as a result, rates of uninsured have dropped by half, to just 11% of the state. Repealing the law would mean that 4.9 million Californians who either bought insurance on the exchange or became eligible for Medi-Cal will lose their coverage.”

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  • New from Environmental Health Perspectives! Multiple Threats to Child Health from Fossil Fuel Combustion: Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change

    February 21, 2017 Environmental Health Perspectives

    Approaches to estimating and addressing the risk to children from fossil fuel combustion have been fragmented, tending to focus either on the toxic air emissions or on climate change. Yet developing children, and especially poor children, now bear a disproportionate burden of disease from both environmental pollution and climate change due to fossil fuel combustion. This commentary summarizes the robust scientific evidence regarding the multiple current and projected health impacts of fossil fuel combustion on the young to make the case for a holistic, child-centered energy and climate policy that addresses the full array of physical and psychosocial stressors resulting from fossil fuel pollution.

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  • Healthy Air Partners: Ozone poll is out!

    February 13, 2017 American Lung Association

    New Poll: 61 percent of Americans support stronger smog standards. The American Lung Association calls on House to reject bill that would delay lifesaving limits on ozone pollution, placing Americans’ health at risk.

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  • New HEAL Campaign! Choose Health- End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    February 6, 2017 The Health and Environmental Alliance

    The Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) recently launched a new campaign- Choose Health: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, which “aims to shed light on the public health opportunity that a full phase out of fossil fuel subsidies and a subsequent end of the fossil fuels era would present.”

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  • Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan Released!

    February 2, 2017 Oregon Public Health Division

    Oregon Public Health to release Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan today, February 2nd. The Plan outlines a set of recommended strategies for the Oregon Public Health Division, local and tribal health jurisdictions and partners across sectors- over 60 partners contributed to this project.

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  • Canceled CDC Climate and Health Meeting Gap Being Filled!

    January 26, 2017 The Climate Reality Project

    In an effort to provide a crucial platform for the diverse stakeholders in the public health and climate communities to come together around solutions, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, will host a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • White House and EPA Archives

    January 25, 2017 Center for Climate Change and Health

    Please find the Obama White House archives here and the EPA Climate Change archives here.

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  • Outdoor Industry Coalition for Clean Air Letter to Utah Legislators

    January 23, 2017 Outdoor Industry Coalition for Clean Air

    An outdoor industry coalition and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment have sent the attached letter to Governor Gary R. Herbert and Utah legislators last Friday, Jan. 20, in anticipation of the start of this week’s legislative session and recognition of the importance of better air quality for the outdoor industry.

    The eleven outdoor businesses that have signed on to the letter include: Alta Ski Area, Armada Skis,  Black Diamond Equipment, Experticity, Goal Zero, Gregory Mountain Products, Patagonia SLC, Petzl, Scott Sports, Snowsports Industry America and Wasatch Touring.

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  • CDC Cancels 2017 Climate and Health Summit

    January 23, 2017 E&E News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly and abruptly canceled a major climate change summit scheduled for next month shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, according to emails sent to those scheduled to speak and obtained by E&E News.

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  • Wisconsin state agencies are deleting talk of human-caused climate change from their website

    January 19, 2017 The Washington Post

    Information on the science of human-caused climate change has begun to disappear from Wisconsin state government websites.

    According to local news reports, both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Public Service Commission have either altered or removed web pages devoted to global warming in recent months. And some of these changes suggest the existence of a scientific debate about the causes of climate change.

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