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Heat, Health, and Climate Change

Thursday, July 8, 2010 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, DC -- With record-breaking heat offering a preview of possible climate to come, the Union of Concerned Scientists is sponsoring a telephone press conference on the summer health effects of climate change, featuring prominent scientists and new research.

Dr. David Easterling of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss recent weather trends, and put them in the context of climate change. Dr. Michael McGeehin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will speak to the serious effects of climate change on public health.

Dr. Matt Huber of Purdue University will present the findings of a paper he co-authored that was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He found that in the long-term, climate change could make parts of the Earth -- including the eastern half of the United States - essentially, uninhabitable because of heat and humidity.

And Dr. Jonathan Patz from the University of Wisconsin in Madison will discuss his soon-to-be-published paper on the "co-benefits" of reducing global warming emissions, including healthcare cost savings. He sees tackling climate change as a public health opportunity.

WHO:

David Easterling, climatologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center

Michael McGeehin, Director of the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Matt Huber, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Purdue University

Jonathan Patz, director of global environmental health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, 1 p.m. EDT

REPORTER DIAL-IN: 800 944 8766

ACCESS CODE: 67525

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading U.S. science-based nonprofit organization working for a healthy environment and a safer world. For more information, go to www.ucsusa.org.

CONTACT: Aaron Huertas, (202) 331-5458; Natalie Pawelski, (404) 254-4688; or Carina Daniels, (415) 453-0430

/PRNewswire -- July 7/

SOURCE Union of Concerned Scientists
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