An Olympian speaks out
Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 2
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Monthly Roundup

February Champion

Cheryl Holder, MD

You don’t need a catastrophe to know the effects of climate change on health; climate change’s causes alone are enough. Dr. Cheryl Holder has seen this in her patients and in her family. Read More
Members in Action
A new group, ‘Florida Clinicians for Climate Action,’ releases: 
The Tampa Declaration

If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health (Miami Herald) READ MORE
Clinicians Advocate in Richmond
Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA) held its inaugural Advocacy Day at the Virginia State Capitol on January 25, 2018 READ MORE
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The News
It’s Real.
America’s ski trails are vanishing. This Olympian has taken up the cause.
(The New York Times)

Winter athletes like the cross-country skier Jessie Diggins are demanding action on climate change. READ MORE
What is being done to address the problem?
The gift of life – from kidneys to climate  (CCL Community)

Climate health is truly the “gift of life” for humanity. Each of us can promote climate health.
Connecticut wins court fight over Pennsylvania plant pollution  (Hartford Courant)
Federal judge rules for Connecticut in battle with EPA over high-pollution Pennsylvania coal-fired plant.
Clean the Air
Stricter Clean Air Standards in U.S. Could Save Thousands of Lives (MedPage Today)
Adopting more rigorous standards for ambient air pollution would prevent roughly 6,000 deaths and 15,000 serious illnesses from occurring each year in the nation's most polluted cities. READ MORE
Clean our Drinking Water
Senate Panel Approves Fracking Ban But Longshot In The House (WFSU News)

Florida gets most of its drinking water from underground aquifers. Under those systems is oil and natural gas. But the product has to be brought up through the water to get to the surface, and that, says the Florida Medical Association, poses way too many risks.  READ MORE
Protect the Ocean 
An international plastics treaty could avert a “Silent Spring” for our seas (The Conversation)

Global problems — like our plastic-choked seas — need global solutions.
It was welcome news when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will use its year-long G7 presidency to turn the global spotlight on ocean plastics and pollution.
If we don’t act, the health of more people will suffer
Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path (New York Times)

Extreme weather linked to climate change has increased the frequency and severity of flooding, amplifying the risk of toxic spills at chemical sites.
Where There’s Wildfire, There’s Smoke (NEJM)

When catastrophic wildfires either come near or hit populated urban areas, as has recently occurred in both northern and southern California, large numbers of people are exposed to relatively high levels of smoke.
Thawing Arctic Permafrost Hides a Toxic Risk: Mercury, in Massive Amount (InsideClimate News)

Mercury, a powerful neurotoxin, accumulates in the food chain. The mercury risk won't be isolated in the Arctic either. Fisheries around the world could see spikes in mercury content. READ MORE
What physicians need to know about how to reach lawmakers (AMA)

There are several ways to let lawmakers know your views on pending legislation or policies.  
Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate  - 
Lessons from Success Stories

10 case studies of how people around the world created health benefits while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, often increasing social equity and saving money.   
Learn More & Download the Report
Health Implications of Climate Change: a Review of the Literature About the Perception of the Public and Health Professionals
(Current Environmental Health Reports)

These findings underscore the potential for health professionals, worldwide, to advocate on behalf of our climate, our health. READ MORE
2018 Annual Meeting
Don't Forget to Register for the
Consortium's Climate & Health Solutions Conference!
  • Arlington Virginia
  • April 8-10, 2018
  • Free, but registration is required
  • Space is limited
Please contact Karmjot Randhawa if you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities at 
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