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A bill introduced Friday calls on the federal government to craft a national strategy for dealing with the public health effects of climate change.

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) is sponsoring the measure. She said climate change has factored into recent increases in allergies, asthma, tropical diseases, drought and high temperatures.

“Regardless of what one believes about its causes, climate change is very real,” Capps said in a statement, adding, “We have to provide our public health officials with the tools and resources they need to effectively track and prepare for these significant public health challenges.”

Democratic Reps. Edward Markey (Mass.), Doris Matsui (Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) are co-sponsoring the bill.