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Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 11
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November 2018 Champion



Meet our Champion of the Month:


David Pollack, MD
Psychiatrist, Portland, OR 

Dr. David Pollack, a psychiatrist and professor, is a champion for elevating the urgency of climate change within the field of psychiatry. He helped found the Climate Psychiatry Alliance, which is improving professional and public education around the urgent risks of climate change and its profound impacts on mental health and well being... 
Read More!
Action Alerts
U.S. releases 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA)

Read the chapter on health here

The statement of the Consortium may be read here.
 
Consider writing a Op-ed or Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper and/or post on social media about the NCA using our main messages summary and the #NCA2018 Social Media Toolkit with links to great graphics. 
The Lancet releases the 2018 Lancet Count Down and U.S. Policy Brief

On November 28, The Lancet Count Down released their new global report and the US Policy Brief
 
Consider writing an Op-ed in your local newspaper highlighting these report's findings and the urgent need for action. 

 
Congratulations! 

Congratulations to the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Consortium for building capacity to advance racial equity.

Internists and Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health awarded grant
EurekAlert, November 19, 2018 (AAAS) 

Read the press release.





Congratulations! 

Congratulations to writers of op-eds this month:

Dr. Robert Byron in the Billings Gazette 
Dr. Mona Sarfaty in the Hill 
 
The News
Solutions make us healthier and more resilient
Bipartisan Group of Legislators Announce New Carbon Tax Bill (Yale 360)

A small group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers announced a carbon tax bill this week, the first bipartisan climate legislation introduced in a decade. READ MORE
Americans have broad consensus on some solutions (New York Times)

Americans are politically divided over climate change, but there’s broader consensus around solutions like renewable energy and a carbon tax. READ MORE
Integration of climate science and public health planning and response will be necessary to mitigate the effect of extreme storms (Jama Network)
Climate change is harming our health
California’s wildfires could mean a generation of lung problems (FiveThirtyEight)

The 2008 wildfire season in California was a terrible one. READ MORE
Diesel pollution stunts children’s lung growth, London study shows (The Guardian)
Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children's lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found. READ MORE
Global Warming is Affecting Some More Than Others
Temperatures in Florida are rising. For vulnerable patients, the heat can be life-threatening (Florida Center for Investigative Reporting) 

A wide-range of health impacts are affecting Florida residents. READ MORE
Texas statewide mandated boil water notice (Washington Post) 

The season has become one of the wettest autumns on record, causing five deaths in the Central Texas region and tainting an entire city’s water supply. READ MORE
It will get much worse if we don’t address it
‘Like a terror movie’: How climate change will cause more simultaneous disasters (New York Times)
 
By the end of this century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers have concluded... 
READ MORE 
News from Members & Affilliates
Medical Society Consortium Reacts to Climate Report, EPA Proposal (AAFP News)
Whatever human activity has contributed to Earth's warming, it's now evident that only human intervention can slow it.
 
Citizens Climate Lobby:  With Democrats controlling the House, a bipartisan climate solution is possible (The Hill), Mark Reynolds  
 
American Academy of Family Physicians Comment on EPA ‘clean cars’ rollback. READ

Consortium member societies and affiliates testimony on EPA ‘clean cars’ rollback
On October 26, over 90 public health organizations submitted an impressive joint testimony to the EPA to express opposition to the proposed rule to reduce the emissions and efficiency standards for new vehicles. READ
Events & CME Opportunities

Dec 3-5: ACEEE: Conference on Health, Environment and Energy

  • New Orleans, LA – The conference will explore how energy choices, such as reducing energy waste, can reduce pollution and protect health. (CE credits will be available at no additional charge for all conference registrants.)

Dec 8: COP24: 2018 Global Climate and Health Summit

  • Katowice, Poland - The annual Health Summit alongside COP serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. The Summit will also further the Call to Action on Climate and Health, which outlines a set of ten priority policy actions for health leadership to advance ambitious progress towards climate and health goals. Read and sign onto the Call to Action.  

January 12: Clinical Climate Change – Patients, Populations, and Providers and the Impacts of Global Warming

  • New York Academy of Medicine – This full day CME conference will offer 8.25 AMA PRA Category I Credits™ and connect physicians, nurses, frontline staff, and allied health professionals with up-to-date evidence-based information on the impact of climate change on the health of populations to inform patient treatment and care.
Annual Meeting
Registration for the Consortium Annual Meeting on April 28-29, 2019 will open soon. Register here when available.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 
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