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Solutions, Webinar, Action
Climate & Health Weekly Newsletter
Volume 1 | Issue 9 
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Weekly News Roundup

This Week's News
The Solutions
Coal to solar switch could save 52,000 US lives per year (The Daily Climate)
In addition, the savings in health care costs added to the value of the solar electricity could in some cases bring in money, offsetting the costs of the switch. READ MORE
Rubber algae help create first artificial reef in Mediterranean (New Scientist)
Tiny, artificial algae are being deployed in the first such effort to restore reefs in the Mediterranean Sea.​ Could such mimics help to limit the impact of climate change? READ MORE
As EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead (Los Angeles Times)
Air pollution is a “critical public health challenge” in Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. California is forging ahead with aggressive actions to reduce ozone levels, irrespective of EPA’s delay. READ MORE
It Will Get Worse if We Don’t Do Something
U.S. Coastal Cities Will Flood More Often and More Severely, Study Warns
Cities lining the U.S. coasts should brace for a lot more flooding — from "nuisance" floods that shut down streets during high tides to deluges that take lives and wipe out infrastructure. READ MORE
Carbon Emissions are the Problem
Children who live near polluters have twice the risk for asthma (The Guardian)
According to a new study, about 35 percent of kids who live near sources of pollution in Allegheny County have asthma. The national asthma rate is about 8 percent. READ MORE
It is harming people today
AAFP Leaders Blog: A Changing Climate Threatens Our Health
Climate change represents a clear and present danger to public health, but it also presents a great opportunity for physicians to advocate for patient health. READ MORE
Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist
Children are at risk due to fans sucking fresh exhaust fumes into the back of the care. Air pollution can stunt the growing of children's lungs and increases the risk of sensitization which can lead to asthma and other respiratory conditions. READ MORE
Slight rise in temperatures is tied to heat wave deaths in India
Future increases could take a “relatively drastic human toll” in the country and elsewhere in the developing world, a new study says. (The New York Times) 
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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Cities on the Leading Edge of Resilience

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. This webinar, hosted by Arizona State University, will spotlight several cities and share their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources. REGISTER HERE
Action Item
Call or email your senators today! 

A bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act could hit the Senate floor for a vote as early as this month. The ultimate outcome of an ACA repeal bill in the Senate is hanging in the balance of only one or two votes. We have the power to keep the bill from coming to the Senate floor by ensuring every senator hears from their constituents that repealing or weakening the ACA would be devastating to the nation’s health.
 
Call your senators and urge them to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA by dialing the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, introduce yourself as a constituent and public health professional: SAMPLE TALKING POINTS
Thank you for becoming a Champion!

As a Medical Champion for Climate & Health, you can now log your activities into the Champion Portal. LEARN MORE

This new portal allows for tracking climate and health activities to demonstrate increasing engagement in the medical community. 
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