US health officials cancel climate conference; don’t say why

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NEW YORK (AP) – The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Monday that it called off the conference last month, and said it may be rescheduled.

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CDC officials have told others involved in the meeting that the Trump administration did not ask or order that it be canceled. Instead, the agency was taking the step because they were concerned about how it would be viewed by the new administration.

The Climate & Health Summit was scheduled for Feb. 14-17 at CDC’s campus in Atlanta. Public health experts say climate change is a man-made problem that contributes to a range of health issues, including heat stroke and diseases spread by tropical insects.

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