July Champion, Action Alert, Webinar 
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July 2018 Champion

Meet our Champion of the Month:

Roderick King, MD, MPH
American College of Physicians

Dr. King sees climate change as a very serious public health issue, notably in South Florida. 
Action Alert!
Write an op-ed or LTE for your local paper opposing the EPA rollback of clean car standards

Consortium News:
Response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposed rule (July 17, 2018)

Dr. Mona Sarfaty, Executive Director of the Consortium, made a statement at an EPA hearing about the dangerous consequences of ignoring key research studies for our health and our climate. Read More
Public health, medical, academic, and scientific groups oppose EPA transparency rule -- For release July 16, 12:00 p.m. EDT) Read More
New 1-Minute Podcast:

Dr. Janet Eddy discusses the increasing health harms from high temperatures, particularly for outdoor workers.
The News
Climate change harms our health
Harvard study finds that during heat waves, people can’t think straight  (Boston Globe)

Harvard researchers studied students in dorms with and without air conditioning during a heat wave. Students suffering through the heat performed worse on a series of cognitive tests. READ MORE
A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution (The Atlantic)

A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetesREAD MORE
Climate Change and Children’s Health (Public Health Newswire - American Public Health Association)

Experts estimate that more than 88 percent of disease attributed to climate change is borne by children under the age of five. Read More
Climate change impacts will worsen unless we take action
How Brett Kavanaugh Could Reshape Environmental Law From the Supreme Court (New York Times)

Judge Kavanaugh voted in a number of high-profile cases to limit E.P.A. rules on issues like climate change and air pollutionREAD MORE
FEMA was ill-prepared for Maria’s widespread devastation in Puerto Rico (AccuWeather)

Thousands of people across PR are still living in damaged homes, protected by blue plastic tarps, nine months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. READ MORE
Antarctic ice is melting faster. Coastal cities need to prepare — now. (Washington Post)

North America will take a particularly hard wallop. Sea levels will rise farther north as the oceans redistribute. READ MORE
People can make better energy choices for clean air & water
Offshore wind is on the brink of arrival (E&E News)

If trends hold, the U.S.'s first utility-scale offshore wind project could be under construction by the end of Trump's first term and operational in 2021. Read More
Fossil Fuels Account for Lowest Share of U.S. Energy Consumption in More than a Century (Yale Environment 360)

Use of fossil fuels for energy is declining in the U.S., while renewables (hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass, and other sources) continue to rise. READ MORE
Everyone is at risk; but some are more vulnerable than others
Pittsburgh air is unsafe to breathe for about four months a year (Environmental Health News)

Pittsburgh is one of 10 major cities in the country to experience elevated levels of air pollution for more than 100 days a yearREAD MORE
‘Nowhere else to turn’: First Nations inundated by oilsands projects face impossible choices (The Narwhal)

Indigenous communities living downstream of the Alberta oilsands say regulatory processes favour industry, creating a losing battle for traditional ways of life. READ MORE
Climate change is real!
Wildfires spread across West, including one so large it can be seen from space (Boston Globe)

The National Interagency Fire Center said that 55 large fires are burning in 12 mostly Western states, where 1,130,233 acres have burned. READ MORE
Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week (Capital Weather Gang - WaPo)

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. READ MORE
New Resources
Climate Change & Health 
Special Issue publishing throughout July 2018

The journal PLOS Medicine has a special issue on climate change and health this month – new research articles are being added on Tuesdays. 

Guest edited by Dr. Jonathan Patz (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. Madeleine Thomson (Columbia University), the issue focuses on topics including the health effects of extreme heat and flooding, food system effects, non-communicable disease risk, such as air pollution, infectious disease risks and the health benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation policies. The issue has a particular focus on evidence-based studies focused on policy-relevant work on adaptation and mitigation options.

View all articles HERE
Climate Change and State-Level Health Impacts
Climate change is altering seasonal patterns, making our summers hotter, and fueling increased flooding from coastal storms. As a result, we face more heat-related illnesses, air quality issues, food and water contamination, traumatic injuries, threats to our mental health, and infectious diseases. These threats will only get worse as big polluters continue to pump carbon from coal, oil, and natural gas into the air. The good news is that we can protect ourselves from these impacts by moving to cleaner energy strategies and preparing more effectively for future disasters.


Events & Webinars
Webinars from the National Climate Assessment and NOAA
OneNOAA will be hosting a number of climate seminars this summer. Click here for a full list of upcoming talks.     
  • Thurs, July 12: Climate Science: What’s New? Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech University).  The presenter yesterday, Katherine Hayhoe, kindly made a video recording for us. You can download it at this link:
  • Thurs, July 26: Droughts, Floods, and Wildfire. Michael Wehner (DOE-LBNL). 
  • Thurs, Aug 2: Climate Potential Surprises - Compound Extremes and Tipping Elements. Radley Horton (Columbia University / Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory).
  • Thurs, Aug 9: Climate Long-Term Climate Mitigation Perspectives and the 2°C Objective. Ben DeAngelo (NOAA).  
  • Thurs, Aug 16: The Causes and Consequences of a Rapidly Changing Arctic. Patrick Taylor (NASA-Langley Research Center).  
  • Thurs, Aug 23: Climate Tidings of the Tides. Billy Sweet (NOAA). 
  • Tues, Aug 28: The Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment: An Overview of Volume I. Don Wuebbles (University of Illinois). 
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