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Q&A with Barbara Sattler: Championing the fight against climate change as a health crisis

Q&A with Barbara Sattler: Championing the fight against climate change as a health crisis

Nurse Barbara Sattler pioneers a crucial shift in health care, addressing climate change as an urgent medical crisis that demands innovative solutions.

Liza Gross reports for Inside Climate News.

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Plastic chemicals linked to $249 billion in US health care costs in just one year, study finds

By contributing to the development of chronic disease and death, a group of hormone-disruptive plastic chemicals is costing the US health care system billions — over $249 billion in 2018 alone, a new study found.

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How UPMC is trying to shrink its carbon footprint

Operating rooms are central to what hospitals do but they’re also at the root of a problem Woods and others at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are trying to solve: how to reduce carbon pollution.

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Talking to residents about “retreating” from sea level rise is “a tough conversation… They want to stay put,” says Christopher Krahforst, climate adaptation director for Hull, Mass. (Credit: Doug Struck)

Severe flooding increasingly cutting people off from health care

Many more Americans will find themselves regularly cut off from essential services, rescue workers and health care long before water actually reaches their homes, a recent study predicts.

HULL, Ma.—Whenever a storm is coming, the fire company in this town of 10,500 jutting into the Atlantic Ocean sends a truck and personnel to wait in an old fire station on the northern tip of the peninsula.

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Reducing health care’s climate impact — mission critical or extra credit?

This Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine points out how health care delivery is responsible for 8.5% of total U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, as well as emissions of other pollutants, and that the Joint Commission's decision to change its hospital sustainability standards to "optional" instead of mandatory is a poor decision.

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Should hospitals be next to divest from fossil fuels?

Universities, foundations and the Church of England already made the move.

PITTSBURGH — Last year, a group of climate-concerned doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center approached their bosses with a list of sustainability requests.

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The surprising upside of climate migration

To adapt to climate change, people will move. The results will not be all bad.