Obama vs. Bush: Yes, Climate Change Is Unhealthy

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

Howard Frumkin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today about the impacts of climate change on health. You may recall that in October of 2007, the last time CDC gave testimony on that topic, the Bush White House censored much of the written testimony—and it was later alleged that Vice President Cheney played a role.

It appears that President Barack Obama's White House is less inclined to filter the CDC message. Compare the removed sections of the 2007 testimony such as this one:

In the United States, climate change is likely to have a significant impact on health,
through links with the following outcomes:
• Direct effects of heat,
• Health effects related to extreme weather events,
• Air pollution-related health effects,
• Allergic diseases,
• Water- and food-borne infectious diseases,
• Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases,
• Food and water scarcity, at least for some populations,
• Mental health problems, and
• Long-term impacts of chronic diseases and other health effects

with sections from Frumkin's testimony from today, including this one:

In the United States, climate change is likely to have a significant impact on health,
through links with the following outcomes:
• Direct effects of heat,
• Health effects related to extreme weather events,
• Air pollution-related health effects,
• Water- and food-borne infectious diseases,
• Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases,
• Emerging pathogen susceptible to weather conditions
• Allergies, and
• Mental health problems,

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