On 17 July, despite a Bush Administration decision not to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new report, "Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems." Among the findings included in the report is that it is very likely more people will die in coming years due to climate change. The report also points out dangers from hurricanes, dwindling water supplies, and increased food- and water-borne diseases could increase in the future. The report was prepared under the EPA's leadership but released by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement regarding the report: "If you read between the lines, this EPA report on the health effects of climate change provides further evidence that our families and communities are seriously endangered by global warming, and that we must act now. Unfortunately, as the Bush administration made clear last week, they have no plan to address this serious threat."

The AIBS 2008 Annual Meeting focused on the theme of "Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases.” Interrelationships of climate, environment, and human health are manifested in infectious disease patterns, notably seasonality. Vector borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, avian influenza, SARS, and related diseases are closely linked to the environment and, more recently, to climate. In the coming weeks, online videos of the presentations made at the 2008 meeting will be posted online in the AIBS video library. To view video presentations from past AIBS meetings visit http://www.aibs.org/media-library/.

 


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