State gets money to explore role of climate change on health

Maryland has received $250,000 in federal funds to explore the role of climate change on people's health.

The funding was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control, which has a program aimed at preparing local communities to deal with the health affects of the changing environment. The program is attempting to identify vulnerable populations, such as children and senior citizens, and how to treat them.

U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes announced the award from the CDC today.

“Climate change is happening at an alarming rate and we can no longer ignore the adverse effects it will have on the environment and the health of our citizens,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “As air quality deteriorates and temperatures rise, this funding from the CDC will help protect vulnerable populations from increased respiratory illnesses and threats to their cardiovascular health.”

Like the rest of the country, Maryland faces rising global temperatures and increased greenhouse gas emissions. It is also one of the three areas most vulnerable to sea level rise.

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