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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

Air Pollution May Be As Harmful To Your Lungs As Smoking Cigarettes, Study Finds


A new study published Tuesday finds that long-term exposure to slightly elevated levels of air pollution can be linked to accelerated development of lung damage, even among people who have never smoked. This study adds to the evidence that the benefits of cleaning the air are even larger than previously calculated.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Life on Thin Ice: Mental Health at the Heart of the Climate Crisis 

The Guardian 

Greenland’s melting has been adopted by the world as its own problem. But for the islanders grieving their dissolving world, the crisis is personal, and dangerous. The rest of the world may soon also bear an increasing burden of ecological grief. 

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patients

Medical XPress 

A new study found that extremely hot days can increase advanced kidney disease patients' risk of hospitalization and death. 

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

When Green Infrastructure Is an Anti-Poverty Strategy

Next City 

A community in Portland formed a coalition to ensure that low-income residents receive equitable access to the economic and health benefits of ecological restoration.

These high school runners train in 'nasty air,' so they're working to clean it up

The Arizona Republic 

Earlier this year, Phoenix got an "F" for ozone and particle pollution. For months, young activists pushed for electric school buses. They won their fight, but they aren't done yet. 

San Diego County Launches Program To Replace High-Emission Vehicles


The new policy will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high-emission vehicles with more climate and air quality friendly options.

How renewable energy can boost Rust Belt health outcomes


A new peer-reviewed study finds that doubling the average required renewables share of the power mix to 26% brings health benefits of $20 billion against $9 billion in costs.

Scientists say farmers could grow their way out of the climate crisis


Farmers in Iowa share how they are starting to move toward more resilient practices that reduce emissions and sequester carbon. 

In the Spotlight

To help Minnesotans adapt and support healthy people and places in the face of climate change, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program is taking a strength in numbers approach. 


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