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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of June 4-June 10

By Miranda Spencer
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Leaders from all across America and the globe continued to make climate pledges and plans in the wake of the President's rejection of the Paris Agreement:

“Bloomberg delivers U.S. pledge to continue Paris climate goals to U.N.,” by Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

“China is now looking to California—not Trump-- to help lead the fight against climate change,” by Jessica Meyers, The Los Angeles Times

 

In the “Paris of the Appalachians’ [Pittsburgh, below] they’re not buying Trump’s climate talk,” by Todd C. Frankel, The Washington Post

 

Dirty energy is on the decline....

“In Trump Country, renewable energy is thriving,” by Justin Gillis and Nadja Popvich, The New York Times

"The Pacific Northwest is proving grassroots action against fossil fuels can work,” by Renee Lewis, Fusion

 

...and the health benefits of clean energy are being quantified.

“Coal to solar switch could save 52,000 US lives per year,” by Brian Biankowski, The Daily Climate

 

People are finding effective new ways to talk about climate facts, and skeptics are turning into believers.

"How to teach kids about climate change where most parents are skeptics,"  by Sarah Caplan, The Washington Post

"Climate Characters: Meteorologist stopped doubting when he couldn’t disprove," by Zara Abrams, The Daily Climate (Check out the entire "Climate Characters" series to learn what drives individuals' points of view...and changes them.)

 

Finally, it's no surprise the health care community is on the climate case:

Today, June 12, and tomorrow, Climate for Health partner the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will be holding its "Climate Change, Health, and Nursing: A Call to Action" conference in Washington, D.C. Didn't register? Don't worry, our Program Intern Mark Oswald will be live-Tweeting the event -- follow @Climate4Health to see his posts.

And come back Thursday, when this blog will report on more of the steps the health care field has been taking post-Paris to step up action on climate.

 

Miranda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor specializing in environmental issues. If you have comments, questions, ideas, or would like to submit a blog of your own, feel free to contact Tim Kelly at timk@ecoamerica.org.