Roundtable discussion at Howard University with President Obama, cabinet officials, doctors, and clean air advocates.
President Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy discuss climate change and health with doctors and clean air advocates at Howard University on April 8th, 2015.

Governments, Health Institutions Warn of Climate Impacts on Human Health

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.

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