Health Care Without Harm via Medium – Year of Climate Change and Health: The Unstoppable Momentum of Clean Energy
The last few years have been an exciting time for clean energy around the world. Countries have made major progress on renewable energy goals and we’ve watched solar and wind prices drop in certain areas to near grid-competitive. Costa Rica already met 99% renewable energy in 2015, Germany is able to get to 78% of its capacity on certain days from renewables, and Sweden will be fossil-fuel free country with 100% renewable energy by 2040.
FiveThirtyEight – How Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Affect Health Care
When Dr. Cecilia Norris, a primary care physician in Iowa City, Iowa, sees a patient who wants an intrauterine device or a contraceptive implant, she takes out a pad and writes down the phone number for Planned Parenthood. Because of limited staff and resources, Norris can’t offer these forms of contraception at the free clinic where she works as the medical director, and most of her patients don’t have the money to get them anywhere else. “If you’re uninsured, like many of my patients, Planned Parenthood is the only remotely affordable option in town,” Norris said.
USA Today – Bottled water, not soda, is U.S.’s fave drink
Bottled water has overtaken carbonated soft drinks as the most popular beverage in the U.S., a sign that consumers’ desire may finally be turning to nature’s original healthy, low-calorie drink option, a study shows.
Americans bought 12.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2016, up close to 9% over 2015, says Beverage Marketing, a research and consulting company, some 400 million gallons more than the 12.4 billion gallons of carbonated soft drinks that they consumed.
Associated Press via ABC News – Doctors tie Zika virus to heart problems in some adults
For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults.
The evidence so far is only in eight people in Venezuela, and is not enough to prove a link. It’s also too soon to know how often this might be happening. The biggest trouble the mosquito-borne virus has been causing is for pregnant women and their fetuses.