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Climate and Health News: Top Stories for the Week of May 14-20

By Miranda Spencer
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U.N. climate negotiations concluded in Bonn, Germany on Thursday with delegates pressing on despite the Trump Administration's possible pulling out of the Paris pact. Nevertheless, Americans persisted in their commitment to stick with the agreement.


"UN climate talks wrap up under threat of US exodus," by Mariëtte Le Roux, Phys.org

"Two governors urge Perry to help keep U.S. in Paris climate pact," by Emily Flitter, Reuters

"Should the US stay in the Paris Agreement? A majority of Democrats and Republicans think so," The Conversation

 

Fresh insights are emerging on how to think about climate change and our role in it:

"Taking the politics out of climate change," by Christina Couch, NOVA Next

"Trump country is flooding, and climate ideas are shifting," by Erika Bolstad, E&E News 

 

And states continue to act on their own:

"Defying Trump, these state leaders are trying to impose their own carbon taxes," by Chelsea Harvey, The Washington Post

"New York threatens to spoil Trump’s push for fossil fuels," by Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg

 

Fascinating and actionable climate-and-health related research was released:

"When it's hot, plants become a surprisingly large source of air pollution," by Ashley Yeager, Science News

"38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures," by Damian Carrington, The Guardian

"A climate solution beneath our feet," by UC Davis via The Washington Post

 

Coming up this week:

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals is sponsoring a webinar May 24, where top health and environmental specialists will discuss Climate Smart Healthcare. You can still register.

On Thursday, we’ll introduce you to another Climate Champion—watch our blog!

 

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 her at miranda@ecoamerica.org.