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David Introcaso and Eric Reinhart: How U.S. hospitals undercut public health

The U.S. health care industry is one of the world’s worst polluters, causing many of the very deaths it seeks to prevent.

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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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The Joint Commission launches certification in sustainability for U.S. hospitals

The Joint Commission, accreditor of U.S. healthcare facilities, is rolling out a voluntary certification in sustainability as hospitals look to combat climate change.
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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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Air conditioning demand rises due to climate change

As the planet warms and both scorching days and sweltering nights occur more often, more air conditioning is needed to keep homes, schools, offices and hospitals at comfortable temperatures.
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Can hospitals turn into climate change fighting machines?

Inside the greening of American health care.
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Ukrainians are putting solar panels on hospitals to fight blackouts

A field of solar panels, installed as an environmentally friendly measure before the war, has turned into a tool to resist the Kremlin’s attacks.