JANUARY 10, 2011
Less than a year after a U.S. government report claimed global warming causes mental illness and cancer, intelligence and health officials assert that it will also create a national security threat by spreading disease among people and animals.This extremely “worrisome” consequence of climate change has been ignored for more than a decade by governments worldwide, which means there are “significant gaps” in the “health surveillance and response network” of most nations. This in turn undermines countries’ ability to respond to outbreaks before they become national security threats.How will this all happen? Heat, humidity and rainfall caused by climate change will allow mosquitoes, ticks and other parasites and carriers of tropical and subtropical disease to spread to areas where they didn’t previously exist. This will infect populations that haven’t built up resistance to them. These sorts of disease outbreaks can destabilize foreign countries and developing nations as well as theU.S. economy not to mention the military.Skeptics can read all about this dire global warming national security crisis in a multiple-part series that’s being published as fact by mainstream newspapers nationwide. The articles are the result of a three-month investigation conducted by student reporters at a renowned journalism school. The idea is to inform Americans about the national security implications of climate change and that government is ill prepared to confront them.As evidence, a story published nationally this week reveals that malaria, cholera and other diseases that weren’t previously detected in Asia and Africa are “now being seen” in those parts. Experts attribute this to climate change, according to the lengthy piece that quotes a variety of U.S. government sources. Global warming is also being blamed for the return of Dengue fever to the U.S. in 2009 after a 75-year absence.These serious threats are largely being ignored because of the “inattention paid to the health risks of climate change,” according to an Obama Administration official quoted in the story. Not only is there a gap in surveillance to determine whether “vectors are changing,” there are other “key uncertainties,” including how quickly climate change will occur and where the impacts will be most pronounced. This alarming information comes straight from the senior global health security adviser for the National Intelligence Council.Just last April the government released a report saying that global warming is one of the “most visible environmental concerns of the 21st century” that could lead to a worldwide increase in mental illness and cancer. Scientists from several agencies—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency—determined that “higher ambient temperatures” caused by global warming will increase cancer rates and catastrophic natural disasters as the world warms will create stress and anxiety that lead to mental illness.
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