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Gary H. Cohen
Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. A McArthur Fellow, Gary has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to become environmentally sustainable.

Entries by Gary H. Cohen

A Tale of Two Cities

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:42 PM


Photograph by Kevin Tostado

Come January, Republican Jim Inhofe will take over leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This is the same man who recently called the US-China climate deal a "non-binding charade" and in a...

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4 Environmental Health Lessons Learned From the Bhopal Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:22 PM


Photograph by Bhopal Medical Appeal

The Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India is an oasis of healing. Combining Western and traditional healing philosophies, the clinic empowers people to take responsibility for their own health. Clinic staff and patients maintain a...

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A Ticking Time Bomb: Eliminating Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Antibiotics serve as the foundation of modern medicine. We rely on them for everything from treating small cuts and scrapes to protecting patients from infections during open-heart surgeries. And yet antibiotic resistance -- when bacteria do not respond to the drugs designed to kill them -- threatens to dismantle nearly...

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The Elephant in the Waiting Room

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Amid the Obama administration's mismanagement of the electronic enrollment process in the health care marketplace and Republicans' obsessive calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act, neither party is addressing the fundamental flaw in the entire health care system -- we only know how to treat sick people.

Even once the...

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Linking Healthy Hospitals with Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Last week a coalition of eleven hospital systems and partnering health groups launched a new campaign to challenge the entire health care sector to embed sustainability into the core operating model of 21st century health care. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (, which includes over 500 hospitals nationwide, plans...

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