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Al Gore Is Making Sure The CDC's Climate Change Conference Happens

Former Vice President Al Gore announced he and others will host a climate and health meeting next month in place of the CDC's summit.
Posted at 1:21 PM, Jan 27, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently canceled climate change conference will go on — with or without the CDC.

Former Vice President Al Gore announced he and others will host a climate and health meeting in place of the CDC's summit.

That summit, which had been in the works for months, was supposed to give public health officials the chance to learn more about how climate change could affect human health.

The CDC quietly called it off ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration without much explanation — just that it was considering rescheduling the summit later this year.

That didn't sit well with Gore. He said in a statement, "Health professionals urgently need the very best science in order to protect the public, and climate science has increasingly critical implications for their day-to-day work."

The move was also met with criticism from environmental and public health advocates who believe climate science should be a public issue, not a partisan one.

Gore's teaming up with several nongovernmental sponsors to put on the meeting, including the American Public Health Association, the Climate Reality Project and the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Gore didn't say if CDC officials would attend the new meeting, which will take place at the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 16.