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Breaking News!
U.S. Withdraws from the Paris Accord
The President made official his decision to withdraw the United States from the 195-nation accord. Fact Checkers examine several of President Trump's claims from his speech announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord on Thursday:  READ MORE 
Statement by the Consortium
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change is the wrong choice that puts Americans at unnecessary risk. Climate change is the greatest public health challenge of our time and harms the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable citizens—especially the elderly and children... READ MORE
This Week's News
Climate change is real and human-caused.
EDITORIAL: The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion
Failure to implement a global sustainability plan that addresses excess consumption and over-population while ensuring greater social equity may well be fatal to the human prospect. READ MORE
Unless we address climate change, health effects may worsen.
JOURNAL SENTINEL: Infectious disease collides with changing climate
In Brazil, a spike in yellow fever cases came after a drought was followed by deluge – and a bumper crop of mosquitoes. The current outbreak is the nation’s worst on record. READ MORE
Health Officials Are Warning This Tick Season Could be the Worst Yet
Lyme disease, the most common ailment passed through ticks, affected more than 25,000 people in 2015 primarily in the Northeast and northern Midwest. That's up from just over 10,000 two decades prior.
Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases
interaction between climate change and epidemics occurs when humans and animals are forced to compete for dwindling habitat and resources. ​
Solutions are high priority.
Scientists: Plant 400 acres of Minnesota pines to survive climate change
Scientists are identifying planting spots for trees that will withstand shifting forces. The aim is to preserve northern forest species — not just the trees but also the mosaic of plants and animals that rely on them — to maintain biodiversity. READ MORE
Action Items and Opportunities
Health Professionals’ Declaration on Climate Change
Calling the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement a “grave mistake,” American Lung Association CEO Harold Wimmer released the following statement. Please see our graphic on Twitter and share if you are able. We are also recirculating the Health Professionals’ Declaration on Climate Change to urge strong climate action. If you haven’t added your name yet, you may consider joining this effort.
New health professionals sign-on letter to protect Clean Air Act
The American Lung Association is circulating a health professionals sign on letter calling on members of Congress to protect the Clean Air Act from being blocked, weakened, or delayed. The letter will be shared with members of Congress and administration officials at key moments in the coming months when our public health safeguards are under threat.
Asthma Educator Institute – Stanford University - June 28-29
The American Lung Association will offer an Asthma Educator Institute (AEI), a two-day preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board examination, as well as, anyone looking to learn more about asthma diagnosis and management. Earn 10 CEUs provided by the California Society of Respiratory Care. To register or for more information.
Visit the event page here.
APHA Climate Changes Health webinar available
If you missed the 4th webinar in the American Public Health Association’s 2017 Year of Climate Change and Health series, you can view it here. The webinar highlighted the lung and heart health impacts of air pollution exposure in a changing climate. 
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