Climate Checkup

Climate Checkup is an award-winning MedPage Today column on climate change and well-being, authored by experts affiliated with the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

With the End of Chevron, Health and Environmental Experts’ Hands Are Tied

July 8, 2024 | Elizabeth Cerceo, MD

The Supreme Court’s ruling overturning what’s known as “Chevron deference prioritizes business interests over public health in a decision that weakens the ability of agencies to enforce regulations.

Summer Heat Waves Pose a Deadly Threat to Patients With Mental Illness

May 28, 2024 | Robert Feder, MD

This summer is expected to be the hottest on record. These unprecedented temperatures pose particular risks to the more than 20% of Americans living with some kind of mental illness.

Can You Guess Which New EPA Rule Offers $13 Billion in Annual Health Benefits?

April 7, 2024 | Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS

EPA’s new standards for vehicle emissions will improve air quality, pave the way to a zero-emission future, and make our communities healthier — helping us all breathe easier.

Are Your Patients’ Allergies Worsening? Climate Change May Be at Play

March 17, 2024 | Neelu Tummala, MD

Climate change is worsening allergy season and its impacts on respiratory health. Taking action, no matter how small, matters.

To Better Connect Climate Change With Health, Focus on Patient Education

March 5, 2024 | Earl Stewart, Jr., MD

Although formal training on climate change and health is often limited, physicians have the practical skills and basic expertise to get started.

The Green New Deal for Health Should Not Be Kept a Secret

February 3, 2024 | Elizabeth Cerceo, MD

The legislative package would lay the groundwork for resilience by improving health care sustainability and supporting patients, clinicians, and communities.

It’s High Time to Protect Farmworkers From Heat-Related Illness and Death

January 7, 2024 | Roxana Chicas, PhD, RN

Farmworkers are on the frontlines of climate change, and as the world continues to warm, the threats to their health only grow.

Our Patients Need Us to Stand Up to Big Oil

December 13, 2023 | Lisa Patel, MD, MESc

In the inaugural op-ed, Dr. Patel explores an ongoing regulatory battle in California over the siting of oil and gas wells to paint a clear picture of how the industry evades accountability to protect its profits and perpetuate health harms.