On April 7, President Obama announced several Executive Actions to protect American communities from the negative health impacts of climate change. A White House Fact Sheet features the full list of actions, which include:
- Climate-Health Data: Adding 150 health-data sets to the Climate Data Initiative site to invite private entities to seek solutions to health problems with links to climate change
- CDC’s Adaptation in Action report: Supporting the uptake of lessons from this new Centers for Disease Control report, which identifies successful state and local efforts to address the health impacts of climate change
- U.S. Climate and Health Assessment Report: Releasing the draft U.S. Climate and Health Assessment report for public comment. Comments will be accepted through June 8, and the final report is due in early 2016
- Improving Air Quality Data: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release six new “Village Green” stations in cities across the United States this year to increase local air-monitoring capabilities
Also on April 7, President Obama hosted a local roundtable on health and climate with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, drawing attention to asthma, insect-borne diseases and other health threats that may be sensitive to changes in climate.
Elsewhere, the World Health Organization released a statement (4/16) on the threats climate change is posing to health in the European region. A 2014 WHO study projected an annual increase in heat-related deaths in the region, reaching 27,000 by 2050 for the over-65 age group, in the absence of action, the statement said.