2019 Colorado Hot Issues in Health Conference, Climate Session

Hosted by the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute, the event has convened the state’s leading thinkers to discuss pressing issues related to health and health care for nearly 20 years. The 2019 Hot Issues in Health Conference will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colorado Moderator: Karam Ahmad, …

Air Pollution Particles Showing Up in Human Placentas, Next to the Fetus

Black carbon, also known as soot, comes from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and wood stoves. This is another health concern from the short-lived climate pollutant. Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News SEP 18, 2019 In recent years, scientists have discovered that exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on a growing fetus, resulting in a lower birth weight or premature birth. …

‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates

“There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” she said. “People are feeling worse about themselves and their futures, and that’s leading them to do things that are self-destructive and not promoting health.”  Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, Nov 26 © Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post Brian …

Global heating and pollution is already impacting the lungs and health of the world’s children and will shape the future of an entire generation

By Irene Banos Ruiz Pediatricians in New Delhi, India, say children’s lungs are no longer pink, but black. Our warming planet is already impacting the health of the world’s children and will shape the future of an entire generation if we fail to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6°F), the 2019 Lancet Countdown Report on health and climate change shows. “Over …

Reaching everyday people, based on values, religion and health

Excerpt from Deutsche Welle, Nov 2019 DW’s Director General Peter Limbourg (main picture) told the Karachi Eco Islam conference that it was high time to bring religion into the climate-change discussion. “Religious leaders have a great reach to the common people. Sometimes even the government and media can’t influence them that way. It is also important to remind people that …

Blue Spaces: Why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

The Guardian| By Elle Hunt, November 2019 ‘People who visit the coast at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,’ says Dr. Lewis Elliott. James Galpin/Getty Images After her mother’s sudden death, Catherine Kelly felt the call of the sea. She was in her 20s and had been working as a geographer in London away from …

A coalition of nonprofit health care providers is investing in the notion that ample paychecks, stable housing and nutritious food are no less critical to well-being than doctors, medical equipment and pharmacies

Excerpt from an article that appeared on  Oct. 13, 2019, Section BU, Page 1 of the New York Times, NY edition with the headline: A Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities. Forty-one nonprofit medical systems across the United States, plus four government providers, have formed the coalition, the Healthcare Anchor Network, with the mission of doing more business with local companies in the communities …

Men are 3x more at risk for deadly self-destruction than women. Middle-agers 3x more so than teenagers. White people more than 2x as much as people of color. Rural and small-town residents nearly 2x as much as residents of large cities

Meanwhile, INEQUALITY IS LITERALLY KILLING US By Sam Pizzigati, Otherwords.org October 12, 2019 | EDUCATE! Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live. What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales.  …

Legislation establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO) to manage the electric transmission grid in Colorado

This document describes an idea of central importance to Colorado’s energy future:  a statewide unified transmission grid managed by a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) under a common transmission tariff. The purpose of this document is to explain the concept and attract the attention of one or more legislators who are knowledgeable about energy and might appreciate how transformative a …