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Md., Va. plan for climate-related health threats

October 27, 2009
by Tierney Plumb
Washington Business Journal

Virginia and Maryland are two of just five states that plan to address the health impact of climate change, according to a report by Trust for America's Health.

While 28 states have published strategic climate change plans, they don't outline how to deal with related health emergencies. And 17 states and D.C. have not published a plan at all.

"States are already overwhelmed by existing public health responsibilities, so we face a serious challenge as we see these new climate change related problems on the horizon. States and communities will need more resources to effectively plan and prepare for them," said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health.

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