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Welcome, Dr. Nunez!

We are happy to announce Dr. Ana Nunez, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Drexel University College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health Advisory Committee 
December Champion
Mimi Guarneri, MD
"We need to think we are all connected—because we are. We need to shift from an ego-driven model to an eco-driven model."

Action Items
Write an LTE or editorial to help keep the methane rule intact
You can editorialize in support of the BLM’s commonsense methane waste rule to protect clean air.  
The American Lung Association has just launched a new sign-on letter from parents and grandparents supporting the Clean Power Plan.  They are aiming to collect 4,500 signatures on before the January 16  deadline.  
Possible New Year’s Resolution?
Fight climate change and save money—go green at your practice

The AMA shares the approach of Florida internist Dr. Todd Sack on greening a medical practice. READ MORE
Doctors in Action: Virginia & West Virginia
Dr. Rafiq's Op-Ed appeared in the Roanoke Times!
Congratulations to Dr. Rafiq on lending her voice to this critical public health issue. Read More
Advocates Protest Proposed Repeal, Calling Clean Power Plan 'Lifesaving' 
(West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Appalachia Health News interviews our Director, Dr. Mona Sarfaty, as community and health advocates gathered at the Univ. of Charleston to protest the EPA’s plan to do away with carbon pollution regulations. READ MORE
Consortium Director testifies at EPA Hearing, opposing the repeal of Clean Power Plan
CHARLESTON, WV—The Consortium participated in a  Healthy Communities hearing on the Clean Power Plan in W Virginia organized by the Sierra Club.  Many citizens offered a graphic and convincing testimony in support of clean energy. READ MORE
The News
Climate change is harming our health.
Climate Connection: Unraveling the Surprising Ecology of Dust (Yale Environment 360)
As droughts intensify and development expands, the amount of dust blowing around the earth is increasing, affecting everything from mountain snowmelt to the spread of disease. READ MORE
My Daughter Can’t Breathe: Keeping Asthma Under Control As Climate Change Increases Triggers (WAMU)
Estefany stands at the window of her family’s home in Silver Spring, MD. Her parents hoped moving her out of the city would help her asthma, but her leafy new neighborhood also causes her problems. READ MORE
It will get worse if we don't act.
If oceans stopped absorbing heat from climate change, life on land would average 122°F (Quartz)
The global average surface temperature right now is 59°F. Since the 1970s, more than 93% of excess heat captured by greenhouse gases has been absorbed by the oceans.
It is harming some of us more than others.
Donna Bullock tackles pollution on African-American families (The Philidelphia Tribune)
State Rep. Donna Bullock pointed out the effects of oil and natural gas industry pollutants on Black families during a recent news conference coordinated by a women’s group that champions clean air. READ MORE
In a warming California, a future of more fires (The New York Times)

The recent cycle of drought and deluge in California led to major fire risk. Climate change makes that cycle worse. READ MORE
Solutions: Addressing fossil fuels will leave us healthier and safer by cleaning the air and the water. 
France’s Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the U.S. absent (Washington Post)
The U.S. may have withdrawn from the Paris climate change accord, but on Tuesday dozens of world leaders and philanthropists met to find solutions to the swiftly warming planet. READ MORE
Death from air pollution would be cut if UK hits walking and cycling targets (Guardian)
If the UK hits government targets for walking and cycling more than 13,000 lives and almost £10bn (over  $13 billion) would be saved over the next decade, according to a new report.  READ MORE
In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate (WaPo)
Lindsay Pace, of Chattanooga, Tenn., testifies as a retired coal miner and mine inspector Stanley Sturgill holds her son, Theo, during an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing last Tuesday in Charleston.  READ MORE
Ohio health care providers join advanced energy companies to urge state lawmakers to support clean energy (HCWH)
Ohio is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, so ensuring access to renewable energy and advanced energy technologies is critical for hospitals to be able to deliver uninterrupted care to their patients and communities. READ MORE
It's us.
Hospitals are helping make us all sick 
(Yale News / Popular Science)
Even the institutions meant to keep us healthy are contributing to climate change. If the U.S. healthcare system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research.
Ethics, Medicine, & Morality  
Health Care Ethics & Professionalism in the Era of Climate Change (AMA Journal of Ethics)
Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: The Role of the Medical Community.  READ MORE
Zero Tolerance for Plastic (BBC)
A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit.  READ MORE
2018 Annual Meeting
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