Environmental health experts are gathering at the Carter Center in Atlanta this week to openly discuss the public health response to climate change, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly canceled the event last month over what some said were fears of running afoul of the U.S. president.

The CDC provided no explanation when it canceled the event last month, but several of the event’s scheduled speakers told Washington Post that the government agency did not want to run afoul of a president who has called climate change a “hoax” and nominated climate change skeptics to his Cabinet.

This week’s meeting is organized by nongovernmental groups: the American Public Health Association (APHA), Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and his education and advocacy group the Climate Reality Project.


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