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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.

  • Health Organizations Release Statements on US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

    June 9, 2017

    With the help of the American Lung Association, we’ve compiled more than 20 statements and related media coverage links from the perspectives of health organizations commenting on the detrimental decision by the White House to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreements.

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  • USCHA is Officially a Member of US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

    May 18, 2017

    US Climate and Health Alliance (USCHA) is now officially a member of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN)! We are thrilled to be a part of this network of over 160 organizations working on climate change. The Network builds trust and alignments among members to fight climate change in a just and equitable way.  

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  • Alliance Member PSR Helps Secure Big Legislative Win

    May 11, 2017 Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)

    Congratulations to Alliance member Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) on helping to defeat a recent effort to eliminate the regulation of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in activities on federal public lands.

    PSR and other health groups spoke out on the proposed elimination of the Methane Waste Rule. Senator Tom Udall thanked them immediately after the vote. Thanks to a vote of 51-49, supported by the work of PSR and others in the health field, the Methane Waste Rule will stand.

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  • Congratulations Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate!

    May 8, 2017 National Adaptation Forum

    On May 8 at the meeting of the National Adaptation Forum, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate received the 2017 Minnesota Climate Adaptation Award presented by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership.

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  • DOCTORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PUSH TO UNMASK CITIES AS GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION TOLL GROWS

    May 2, 2017 Unmask My City

    May 2, 2017, London — Today, World Asthma Day, doctors, allied healthcare professionals, and public health practitioners around the world are officially launching Unmask My City, a global initiative to rally their peers and push for action on air pollution in 10 cities. Using air quality monitors, a smartphone app, and custom-built light masks that change colour according to ambient pollution levels, Unmask My City groups have measured, mapped and visualised air pollution levels between two and ten-times World Health Organization (WHO) standards for PM2.5 fine particulates, showing that poor quality air is a problem for almost everyone on earth.

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  • American Lung Association “State of the Air” Report

    April 19, 2017 American Lung Association

    The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report adds to the evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health. For example, wildfires, worsened by climate change, produced smoke and caused particle pollution levels to spike.

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  • “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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