PHI 'Hangs Out' with Fevered Author Linda Marsa

What: Google Hangout -- PHI CEO Mary Pittman and Fevered author Linda Marsa discuss the health implications of climate change in the U.S., and what we can do about it.

When: March 20, 2014 11:00-11:30

Where: Streaming on the PHI website, where you can also find out more about the event, and about Marsa's look a climate change and health.

U.S. Climate and Health Alliance: a national network of health and public health practitioners, dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health. Learn more!

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by Sarah Schmitt, April 02, 2014

On Saturday, March 15th the Community Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) represented PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health at Walk with a Doc, a free community event in Berkeley’s San Pablo Park, to talk about the connections between climate change and health and how walking can improve both.

by Jeni Miller, PhD, March 14, 2014

Monday night, 31 U.S. Senators staged an all-night “talkathon” (hashtagged #Up4Climate) to urge their colleagues in Congress to begin, in earnest, to address climate change. Their key points: Action is critical, the scientific consensus is clear, the window of opportunity is closing, and denial won’t keep climate change from wreaking untold harm on U.S. communities. At PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health, we couldn’t agree more.

by Staff, February 14, 2014

In today’s Huffington Post, Public Health Institute's Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change, offers his read on the recently passed federal Farm Bill.

“I see a Farm Bill that supports increased spending on research, specialty crops, healthy food access, small farmers, farmers markets and organic transition,” says Dimock, who thinks that perhaps “Congress is beginning to hear the message that public funds should be focused on growing health-promoting foods and programs that stimulate more diverse, regionally-oriented, ecologically sensitive farming systems.”

Dimock notes that “Funds for the Bill's primary Research Title rose by $1.1 billion, a critical improvement in this age of climate change and resource depletion.”

“The Agricultural Act of 2014 contains the seeds of a new kind of Farm Bill,” that is “heading in the right direction,” Dimock concludes. “It offers conditional incentives to guide farmers and consumers to make choices that support health and resilience.”

Read Dimock’s piece, Progress but Not Yet Perfection: A Californian's Perspective on the New Farm Bill

Michael Dimock, MA is president of Roots of Change, and former chair of Slow Food USA.

by Staff, February 10, 2014

Despite recent wet weather in parts of California, the state remains in the grips of the worst drought on record. Scientists tell us that we can expect to see increased frequency and severity of droughts throughout the Southwest and California, as climate change unfolds.

In a recent guest editorial in the Sacramento Bee, the Public Health Institute’s Dr. Linda Rudolph looks at the drought's serious health implications for the people of California. In the Bee, and in an interview with Capital Public Radio, Rudolph considers the health impacts of current and future droughts, and urges both long-term, health-oriented solutions, and addressing the immediate water needs of the communities hardest hit by the current drought. 

Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints: Action needed to protect health during drought and dry days ahead

Capital Public Radio: Health Experts: Drought Poses Health Risks

California Healthline: State Plagued by Bad Air, Scant Water

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH is the co-director of PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health, and co-leads the Center’s Creating a Climate for Health project.