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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

The Washington Post

Increasingly intense wildfires are scorching forests from across the Western U.S. to Australia and stoking concern among residents and health professionals about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today


In a study of 108 urban areas nationwide, the formerly redlined neighborhoods of nearly every city studied were hotter than the non-redlined neighborhoods, some by nearly 13 degrees.

Here are the environmental justice stories to watch in 2020


A list of new laws, policies, and regulations; key court decisions to track; and notable grassroots work in communities that are combating everything from air pollution to harmful chemicals.

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

"Resilient Thinking" for Farms and Communities

The Roanoaker

Climate change was front and center at the culminating event for Virginia’s largest organization dedicated to sustainable growing. This year, it attracted some 500 participants. 

Hundreds trek to [Virginia] Capitol to support environmental bills

Henrico Citizen

Clean energy supporters demanded Virginia move away from reliance on fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy to protect the health and well-being of the entire coastal state, especially those most vulnerable. 

Virginia Tech theater project helps people visualize flood scenarios

Yale Climate Connections

“I think people learn, truly learn, on a deep level when they’re able to find a personal connection to research."

County's climate resilience efforts touted in Annapolis

Maryland Independent

Of the four-pronged approach they’ve taken to addressing climate change — “mitigation, adaptation, building capacity and telling our story through public education,” county staff have gone above and beyond embracing the education aspect. 

Washington, D.C., program trains young people to be environmental leaders

Yale Climate Connections

Each summer, the city’s Green Zone Environmental Program hires local youth and teaches them about climate change, renewable energy, and stormwater pollution.

California Lays Out Ambitious Climate Change Budget Plan

Capital Public Radio

The administration is proposing a $12.5 billion climate budget, which will be rolled out over five years. It includes a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, a new climate resilience bond the governor hopes to put in front of voters this fall and a low-interest loan fund. 

Why You Need to Know About Regenerative Agriculture



Ag creates food and fiber and jobs. And when it’s done right, it can act as a carbon sink. Patagonia has made it a centerpiece of its activism. This spring will see the creation of a new Regenerative Organic certification.

What indigenous design could teach us about surviving climate change

Fast Company

As wildfires devastate Australia, author and activist Julia Watson considers the wisdom of low-tech land management strategies that’ve been passed down through generations.

Microsoft Will Spend $1B On 'Climate Innovation,' Sets 'Carbon Negative' Goal


The company aims to remove more carbon than it produces by 2030, before moving on to an even more ambitious climate goal for 2050.

Community solar starts strong in South Jersey, encouraging others to apply

The Press of Atlantic City

Community solar projects — which let residents, organizations and businesses share in the benefits of a large local project instead of each having their own panels — are getting off to a fast start in South Jersey.

New Resource 

Yale's new Factsheets tool tells you what your community thinks about climate change. Pick any state, congressional district, or even specific county in the U.S. and learn about their climate beliefs, risk perceptions, policy support, and behaviors. 

Upcoming Webinar 

Next week the Tribal Climate & Health Adaptation Regional Cohort Training Series starts up again. This free interactive training is offered through a series of eight live webinars scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month through August. 

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