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April sets record for highest CO2 levels in human history

By Andrew Freedman Photo: Indranil Aditya , Getty Images

Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the highest levels on record for any calendar month during April, averaging 420 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since observations began in 1958, according to new data.


Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call

By Julia Kane Photo: XAVIER GALIANA / AFP via Getty Images

A record-shattering heat wave is devastating parts of India and Pakistan, putting more than a billion people at risk and unleashing a surge of related problems. For decades, experts have warned that climate change would make heat waves like this more frequent and more intense — a prediction now playing out in real time.


The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds

By Nina Lakhani Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research…


Effort to Reframe Climate Change as a Health Crisis Gains Steam

By Winston Choi- Schagrin Photo: Alisha Jucevic , The New York Times

For the first time at a major United Nations climate conference, human health is emerging as a leading issue, a reframing that brings climate change’s far-reaching and long-lasting effects to the forefront.


More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change, Study Says

By John Schwartz Photo: Tsering Topgyal , Associated Press

More than a third of heat-related deaths in many parts of the world can be attributed to the extra warming associated with climate change, according to a new study that makes a case for taking strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect public health.


Brazil study shows climate change’s deadly impact on kidneys

By Robert Preidt

For the study, researchers analyzed data from hospitals in more than 1,800 cities in Brazil between 2000 and 2015, and found that just over 7% of all admissions for kidney disease could be attributed to hotter temperatures.


PCPs face mounting responsibility to address health effects of climate change

By Maria Marabito

Human influence has had an unequivocal impact on Earth’s climate, causing significant changes that threaten people’s security and physical and mental health, according to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


Global heating ‘may lead to epidemic of kidney disease’

By Natalie Grover Photo: Ed Kashi/VII

Chronic kidney disease linked to heat stress could become a major health epidemic for millions of workers around the world as global temperatures increase over the coming decades, doctors have warned.


Viewing climate change as a human health problem

By Alvin Powell Photo: AP File Photo

The medical journal The Lancet released its annual “Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change” and a companion brief focused on conditions in the United States. The brief urges action to curb global-warming emissions, arguing that the health impacts of a shifting climate are already being seen in the U.S. and rapidly growing severe.