President Obama is committed to combating the impacts of climate change and protecting the health of future generations.
We know climate change is not a distant threat, we are already seeing impacts in communities across the country. In the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting these individuals and many other vulnerable populations at greater risk of landing in the hospital. Certain people and communities are especially vulnerable, including children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and some communities of color. Rising temperatures can lead to more smog, longer allergy seasons, and an increased incidence of extreme-weather-related injuries.
Creating a National Integrated Heat Health Information System: Heat early-warning systems can serve as effective tools for reducing illness, death, and loss of productivity associated with heat waves. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are announcing that they are building a new National Integrated Heat Health Information System, which will provide a suite of decision-support services that better serve public health needs to prepare and respond. This effort will identify and harmonize existing capabilities and define and deliver the research, observations, prediction, vulnerability assessments, and other information needed to support heat-health preparedness. To inform the development of early-warning systems, NOAA, CDC, the World Meteorological Organization, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, and the Global Framework for Climate Services will sponsor a workshop in Chicago in July 2015,bringing together scientists from climate, weather, public health, and decision-making communities around the world to assess the state of knowledge, explore lessons learned, and share best practices in developing climate information systems for heat health early warning.