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White House Report - Global Warming Linked to Public Health Risks - 6th April

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Global warming could lead to an increase in health problems such as allergies, asthma and deaths by extreme heat, according to a scientific report released on Monday by the White House.

Numerous scientific reports have suggested that the warming of our earth may exacerbate certain health problems. Even so, scientists have cautioned that no connections had been proved, due to the multitude of variables that influence health.

John Holdren, President Obama‘s top scientific adviser stated that “The scientific information in this report adds considerably to what was known before” in a briefing on Monday morning.

29 states in America and several major business groups have legally challenged President Obama’s signature effort on climate change, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Supreme Court in February stepped in to block the rule while the legal challenge winds its way through the judicial system.

The regulation, known as the Clean Power Plan, is at the heart of President Obama’s pledge under the Paris Agreement, the first global accord committing every country to address climate change.

UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has invited world leaders to New York on April 22, Earth Day, to formally sign the deal, but some climate diplomats fear that with the United States plan in legal limbo, other countries may hesitate.

Last week, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China pledged that their two countries would sign the deal on Earth Day in a bid to bring other countries to the table.

The report was developed over three years by about 100 experts in climate change science and public health in eight government agencies, including the E.P.A., Department of Health and Human Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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