September Champion; Action Items; News; Job Opportunities
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Take Action

Write an op-ed describing the connection between stronger hurricanes like Harvey or Irma & climate change

Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma are made worse by climate change. Yet the public is largely unaware of this connection. By writing an op-ed for your local paper, you can help connect the dots between these extreme weather events, climate change, and the critical need for action.

  1. Read this NPR interview with climate scientist, Michael Mann
  2. Write 600-800 words: Tips & Talking Points
  3. Now identify a local newsletter & send your op-ed!

Action Item  

Clinicians have logged 61 actions since June, including 35 presentations, 11 policy activities (letters, meetings), and 15 media activities (op-eds, blogs, LTE's, media interviews).
September Champion
Wendy Ring, M.D., Physician
From committed physician to socially conscious puppeteer, Dr. Wendy Ring talks about climate change issues that affect us all and creative ways to get the message across.

Updates from the Consortium
  • The Consortium medical societies sent a letter to every U.S. Senator opposing the weakening of the ozone standards for ambient air.   
  • The Consortium is sending a letter to every U.S. Senator opposing weakening auto emissions or fuel economy standards, against decreases in the EPA budget, and in favor of continued waiver for Calfornia's stricter auto standards
  • Dr. Sarfaty testified at an EPA hearing in favor of maintaining strong auto emissions and fuel economy standards. READ MORE HERE
Steering Committee member interviewed by MedPage Today regarding Houston:
Broken Glass, Petrochemicals, and Other Harvey Hazards

As millions of people struggle to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, physicians and other healthcare providers will need to be on the lookout for health conditions that result from being exposed to rising floodwaters and other dangers. 

New Fellow

Emergency medicine physician Cecelia Sorenson, MD, is doing a fellowship with the Consortium. She will be focusing on developing CME on climate and health.  

The News
It will get worse if we do not act
Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West. (InsideClimate News)
Climate researchers point to studies finding that a warming global atmosphere, with increasingly clear human fingerprints, will continue driving a potent mix of heat and dryness in the WestREAD MORE
The unprecedented drought that's crippling Montana and North Dakota. (The Guardian)
The country’s most important wheat growing region is in the grips of a crippling drought that came on with hardly any warning and, experts say, is without precedent. READ MORE
Houston short on inspectors to test air and water after Harvey. (The Wall Street Journal)
Houston needs help monitoring the threat of toxic pollution to the city’s water, soil and air from Tropical Storm Harvey’s destructive flooding, according to Health Department officialsREAD MORE
Everyone is at risk, but some are at greater risk than others. 
Will More Hot Days Mean More Inequality? (The Colorado Trust)
If climate forecasts are accurate, recent summers with stretches of record-breaking heat could become the rule rather than the exception by mid-century—and the health effects will fall disproportionately on marginalized neighborhoods.  READ MORE
The Health System must prepare for extreme weather
As Irma looms, many Florida hospitals turn off the lights (Washington Post)
One by one, up and down Florida's southeastern coast, hospitals have gone dark. With the approach of what many meteorologists think will be a historic storm, most hospital administrators and staff scrambled to evacuate patients. READ MORE
Pollution levels in Bolivia plummet on nationwide car-free day. (The Guardian)
Air pollution levels have plunged in cities across Bolivia as the country marked a nationwide car-free day in which all non-emergency vehicles were banned from city streets.  READ MORE
"Zero-waste" stores put consumers on frontline in fight against packaging (Reuters)
According to researchers, humans have produced more than 8 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, with most of it discarded in landfills or the wider environment, hurting ecosystems and human health.  READ MORE
Embracing clean energy will help clean our air and our water
Federal utility: Coal ash removal would take 24 years (The Associated Press)
A federal utility says it would take 24 years to dig up and move its coal ash at a Tennessee power plant under a court order that it still might appeal.
The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture (Sapiens)
In the American Southwest, the loss of juniper trees at the hands of mining and development could cost the Hopi a crucial part of their heritage.​
Upcoming Events & Webinars

Sept. 20: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate webinar

Building on the research report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance, Climate for Health will be hosting a free webinar in partnership with the American Psychological Association.

Sept. 21: Georgetown University Event – Climate Change Expert to Speak on “Planetary Health”

On Thursday, Sept. 21, Gary Cohen, Co-Founder and President Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, will speak at Georgetown University on “Planetary Health”

Sept. 29: Beyond Doom and Gloom: Essentials to Move the Needle for Green Energy

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT -- This webinar will share non-partisan materials that any person or organization can easily use to help produce better green energy policies. Move beyond doom and gloom or skepticism to engage in a clean energy future and help produce a healthier economy, environment, and society.

Oct. 4: Project Drawdown Webinar – 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken

Project Drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

Job Opportunities
Please share these opportunities with your networks and anyone who might be interested:
- Opening for a USGCRP Program Coordinator, who would have responsibilities in support of the climate and health portfolio, as well as in other areas based on program need and the successful candidate's experience.

- Opportunity with Dignitas International Climate Change and Health Fellowships
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