August Champion; Action Items; News
Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
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August Champion
Samantha Ahdoot, M.D., Pediatrician
Learn about how pediatrician, Dr. Samantha Ahdoot's personal experience tipped her over the edge from awareness into action in the arena of climate change and health, particularly in Virginia where she lives. READ MORE
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Annual Meeting 2018

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health is holding its annual meeting on April 8-10, 2018, Arlington, Virginia (Metro accessible). Please mark your calendars.
The News
Clean renewable energy is the solution.
The Largest Wind Farm in the U.S. Is Growing in Oklahoma. It’s a Sign of the Times (Climate Central)
A new wind farm that could become the largest in the U.S. will be taking shape across the blustery plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle over the next three years, helping to wean four Southern states off electricity produced with climate-polluting coal. READ MORE
Why California’s Climate Change Fight Is Also About Public Health. (TIME)
California has long been among the most polluted states in the nation. Today, eight out of ten Californians live in a county with toxic air that contributes to a range of health problems such as asthma, heart disease and even lung cancer.
Climate change is harming our health.
Air pollution deaths expected to rise because of climate change. (CBS News)
New research predicts that air pollution worsened by climate change will cost tens of thousands of lives if changes are not made.  READ MORE
Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy may lead to premature delivery (Independent)
Exposure to air pollution in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight, scientists have warned.The UK Government has announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040  READ MORE
If we don’t act it will get worse
‘Flash drought’ could devastate half the High Plains wheat harvest. (grist)
It’s peak hurricane season, but the nation’s worst weather disaster right now is raging on the High Plains.  READ MORE
The surprising way climate change could worsen toxic algal blooms (Washington Post)
A new study, out Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that increased rainfall in the coming decades may wash more agricultural nutrients and fertilizers — including nitrogen, a prime cause of toxic algae growth — into our waterways.  READ MORE
Study shows global warming reduces protein in key crops (Daily Nation)
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of stunted growth and early death.
The Consortium in the News!
Two studies predict Earth to warm 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century (CNN)
The impact on human health would be profound. Rising temperatures and shifts in weather would lead to reduced air quality, food, and water contamination, more infections carried by mosquitoes and ticks and stress on mental health, according to a recent report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. READ MORE
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