President Obama and President Xi
President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Nov. 12, 2014.

U.S., China to Sign Paris Agreement in April; White House Releases Climate Health Risks Report

The New York Times (3/31) covered a joint presidential announcement from Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping pledging that China and the United States will sign the Paris Climate Agreement on April 22, the first day it opens for signatures. 

Climate Home (4/4) said India made a similar announcement, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement April 22, at a U.N.-hosted Earth Day ceremony in New York. 
The Guardian (4/4) said the White House released a report assessing the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. Public health risks include heat-related illnesses and deaths, respiratory failure from air pollution and smog, and the spread of diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes.
The White House (4/4) issued a factsheet detailing key findings of the assessment and emphasizing how climate-related health risks will affect vulnerable populations. 
Time (4/5) covered a speech given by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a clean energy finance summit in New York. Kerry called on private businesses to move away from fossil fuels to curb climate change and drive global economic growth. 
Inside Climate News (3/29) said Arctic sea ice reached a record-low for winter maximum extent for a second consecutive year. 
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