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New Bill to Fund Climate Change and Public Health Preparedness Praised by Environmental and Health Groups
Date:5/8/2009

to protect us from infectious disease outbreaks and other health emergencies -- can meet the challenges we face."

"Children, the elderly, and people with many common medical conditions -- such as diabetes and asthma -- are especially at risk as the climate warms and health threats multiply," said Gina Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist at NRDC. "We need to prepare today, so people don't suffer tomorrow."

The Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act also would authorize the CDC to:

  • Provide technical support to state, local, and tribal health departments in forecasting local effects, developing preparedness plans, and communicating with the public about the health effects of climate change;
  • Develop training programs for public health professionals on the health risks and interventions related to climate change;
  • Enhance domestic and international tracking capacity for infectious diseases and environmental health indicators;
  • Contract with the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine to prepare a report that assesses the needs for health professionals to prepare for and respond to climate change impacts on public health and recommends programs to meet those needs. The report would be due within 18 months after the bill becomes law.

Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. For more information, visit www.edf.org

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