Physicians have an important role to play in dealing with climate change

Physicians have an important role to play in dealing with climate change
Physicians have an important role to play in dealing with climate change

In Minnesota, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, formed in 2015, brings together physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers to add their voices to the public debate on clean energy and climate change. The thrust of the organization’s work is “education and activation,” says Brenna Doheny, PhD, MPH, executive director. Several physicians, including the co-founders… Read more »

House committee hears that when it comes to climate change, where you live matters
House committee hears that when it comes to climate change, where you live matters

Climate change has been cited as a cause for the increased frequency of some high-visibility disasters like forest fires, storms and floods. But its effects aren’t distributed evenly throughout the state’s population. That’s according to multiple testifiers at Thursday’s meeting of the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee. Lower-income Minnesota residents and people… Read more »

As global temperatures continue to rise, climate anxiety will be a growing issue for young people, therapists warn
As global temperatures continue to rise, climate anxiety will be a growing issue for young people, therapists warn

Kristi White, a clinical health psychologist in Minneapolis, also treats many young adults for issues that stem from the changing climate. “Some of the things in the patients that I work with are things like asthma exacerbation due to poor air quality from wildfires [and] concerns around the risk for heat-related illnesses during extreme heat… Read more »

United Nations climate conference draws Minnesotans of color
United Nations climate conference draws Minnesotans of color

As a young physician in the southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni treated day laborers who couldn’t cool off after a day’s work in the extreme heat. She saw the temperatures rising and the coastline eroding. “I could see the changes in the environment that were hurting our health,” Surapaneni said.

Minnesota expands environmental reviews to include greenhouse gas inventories
Minnesota expands environmental reviews to include greenhouse gas inventories

As Minnesota ramps up the fight on climate change it will soon require developers to measure the greenhouse gases from large new projects. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved the pilot approach Wednesday, after years of work. It plans to collect feedback and make improvements on the revised form, called an environmental assessment worksheet,… Read more »

Health Students for a Healthy Climate Drive Renewed Emphasis on Planetary Health in Medicine
Health Students for a Healthy Climate Drive Renewed Emphasis on Planetary Health in Medicine

“There are many ways that health and climate change intersect,” said Anna Rahrick, a third-year University of Minnesota Medical School student. Rahrick’s interest in the relationship between climate and public health led her to Health Students for a Healthy Climate, an interdisciplinary student group aimed at helping health professionals learn about the impacts of climate… Read more »

How climate change will affect Minnesota’s outdoor workforce
How climate change will affect Minnesota’s outdoor workforce

The effects of working in this heat can be dire, especially for workers who are not acclimated to high temperatures, said Laalitha Surapaneni, M.D., MPH, an assistant professor and hospitalist at the  University of Minnesota Medical School.

Health professionals declare Line 3 a public health crisis
Health professionals declare Line 3 a public health crisis

Health professionals and Indigenous activists held a day of solidarity in St. Paul, Minnesota, and other U.S cities on Aug. 17 calling for an end to the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 project. They describe shutting down Line 3 as a critical health protective measure. In St. Paul, a delegation of health professionals delivered… Read more »

Health care workers join the fight to stop the Line 3 pipeline
Health care workers join the fight to stop the Line 3 pipeline

Medical professionals around the country rallied on Tuesday against the expansion of Enbridge’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline, calling it a threat to human and planetary health. “The health of Minnesotans is at risk,” said Teddie Potter, director of planetary health at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, addressing a crowd in St. Paul,… Read more »

Joining Fight Against Line 3, Health Professionals Urge Biden to Block Project
Joining Fight Against Line 3, Health Professionals Urge Biden to Block Project

U.S. doctors, nurses, and other health professionals came together Tuesday for a national day of solidarity against Line 3 that included various events and a letter calling on President Joe Biden to block Enbridge’s tar sands project.

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