Among other things, the proposed bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a “National Strategic Action Plan . . . to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change on public health in the United States and other nations, particularly developing nations.”
- The bill would also create the “Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Fund,” which would be made available to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order “to assist the efforts of developing nations to incorporate measures to prepare health systems to respond to the impacts of climate change.”
- Finally, the bill would create the “International Climate Change Adaptation and Global Security Program,â€ which would â€œprovide assistance to the most vulnerable developing countries” through bilateral and/or multilateral assistance.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on September 30, 2009.
- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on November 5, 2009.