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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change has Created a Public Health Emergency

Physicians for Social Responsibility

This summary narrative compiles findings from the three major climate reports released in 2018 and lays out evidence that climate change is a public health emergency. 

Climate anxiety is real, but there's something you can do about it


The impact of climate change on mental health is clear. Climate anxiety is experienced by many groups, not just victims of natural disasters. This article highlights organizations that are addressing the issue and provides suggestions to those that directly experience this eco-anxiety. 

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst 

Differences in Heat-related Mortality by Citizenship 

American Public Health Association

This fact sheet summarizes a study that found a striking difference in heat-related mortality risk for non-U.S. citizens. Compared to U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens age 18 to 24 were 20 times more likely to die from excessive heat exposure. 

D.C. Residents Bring Racial Equity To The City’s Climate Change Conversation

The Georgetown Voice

Last year, D.C. community members came together to form an Equity Advisory Group on climate change and racial justice. One of the first nationwide, the group succeeded in moving both the local and national climate and racial justice conversation forward. 

Natural disasters are getting worse. People with the least power are most at risk.

 The Center for Public Integrity

Community members that start out with fewer resources and power are less likely to recover financially afterward and more likely to die. Federal relief appears to be widening disparities rather than helping communities return to the status quo.

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Some Boston Doctors Bring Climate Change Into The Exam Room — Warily


Listen to Boston-based doctors describe their experiences helping patients make the connections between health and climate change. These doctors represent a small but growing number of physicians who are bringing this difficult conversation into their practice. 

Neighborhood Science with GLOBE Mission Mosquito


The GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper engages citizen scientists to map locations of mosquito breeding sites and decommission mosquito container habitats. [View the tool]

Philly names first-ever farm czar

Plan Philly 

Philadelphia has named its first-ever urban agriculture director. Ashley Richards will direct the creation and implementation of the city's urban agriculture plan. 

Map Tool: Replanting our Forests

Arbor Day Foundation

This map documents major reforestation efforts across the country since 2013. Reforestation is critical to mitigating climate change and protecting communities from extreme heat.

In the Spotlight

Creative digital media is a powerful way to spread the word on the health impacts of climate change. The Baltimore Climate & Health Project just launched this interactive webpage on climate change, extreme cold, and public health in Baltimore.  

Resource of the Week 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing its health and climate communication webinar series. You can view all forthcoming webinars here and register for the May webinar on Creative Material Development below. 

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