CDC Cancels Planned Summit On Climate Change And Health

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Officials on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, released the results of an internal probe into a deadly strain of bird flu that was accidentally mixed with a tamer strain. Unsuspecting scientists worked with the viral mix for months before it was discovered. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has canceled a summit next month on climate change and health.

According to the Associated Press, CDC officials have told other people involved in the meeting that the Trump administration did not ask or order that it be canceled.

Instead, the agency said it took the step because of concern about how the new administration would view the summit.

Erik Olson, the director of the health program at the environmental nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, said one of the council’s scientists planned to attend the conference.

“We’re very disappointed that this has been canceled,” Olson said. “It’s something that is exactly the kind of conference that the Centers for Disease Control Prevention should be hosting.”

The CDC emailed participants last month that the conference was postponed. But the agency confirmed the cancelation on Monday.

CDC officials said the agency may reschedule.

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