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Climate Change is Harming Our Health

July Was Hottest on Record—and Dangerous Heat Hits Home


Last month was the warmest summer recorded since reliable temperature recordkeeping began in 1880. Fueled by climate change, extreme heat is causing more hospitalizations—and even deaths—across the country.

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?


New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—may be the least prepared.

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Why Detroit’s new Sustainability Action Agenda links climate action with quality of life


To bring people into the process, the city engaged with residents through town halls, “sustainability ambassadors” who helped explain wonky science and policy in everyday terms, and tools like a digital map that allowed for resident feedback.

The seed libraries sprouting up across the US


San Diego’s Ocean Beach library is one of hundreds in the US where members can take home seeds as well as books. Could the community project help protect local plant diversity?

Self-tweeting tree is Harvard’s newest climate change educator

Boston Globe 

The Harvard Forest Witness Tree is a century-old red oak programmed since July 17 to tweet updates about the weather and its health and surroundings, said Tim Rademacher, a co-lead on the “witness tree” project and a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard and Northern Arizona universities.

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 in the Rust Belt to 26% could bring health benefits of $20 billion, against $9 billion in costs.

Renewable energy can generate billions of dollars in health benefits, study finds

The Verge 

Ten states across the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the US could see $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2030 if they stick with current renewable energy standards, according to a new study from MIT.

A great climate comes from happy soil. Could happy soil come from California?


Switching the way we farm could change cultivated lands from carbon sources to sinks, as well as create other co-benefits like increased resilience to climate change. The largest agricultural economy in the country is paying farmers to improve their lands' health.

In the Spotlight

The Getting to Zero Forum will be held from October 9-11th in Oakland, California. The Forum is a solutions-focused event dedicated to zero energy and zero carbon buildings. It will bring together 550+ leaders working to define a new energy future for the built environment.

Resource of the Week 

An Interactive Perspective that illustrates how the climate crisis impacts health and care delivery and some approaches to mitigating them. Health professionals can use the tool to focus in on their medical specialty.


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