In the latest government alert on the ills of global warming, a group of esteemed scientists from several public universities warn that climate change will make food “dangerous” and add to the malnourishment of millions worldwide.The determination comes on the heels of two separate government evaluations revealing that global warming causes mental illness and cancer as well as national security threats by spreading disease among people and animals.Published last spring, the mental illness/cancer report says global warming is one of the “most visible environmental concerns of the 21st century.” Scientists from several agencies—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department and National Institute of Environmental Health Science—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.Last month intelligence and health officials asserted that climate change willthreaten national security by spreading disease among people and animals. Because governments worldwide aren’t prepared for the outbreaks, they will develop into national security threats that can destabilize developing nations as well as the U.S.economy and military.If those alerts didn’t seem wacky enough, take a look at this week’s climate change warning du jour. Researchers at renowned taxpayer-funded universities—including Michigan State and the University of California Los Angeles—say the American diet will forever be altered, and not in a good way. What we eat will, not only be “more dangerous,” it will also be more expensive.That’s because global warming will provoke increased levels of food contamination from chemicals and “fungal pathogens” as well as diseases like cholera and shellfish poisoning. Some foods will become scarce, prices will increase and civil unrest will ensue, according to the scientists who presented their case at a Washington D.C.gathering this month.As an example they offered a story involving lettuce linked to 56 cases of salmonella poisoning. Farmers in Spain used untreated water for irrigation because a drought restricted their access to clean water. Here is where the global warming part comes in. The drought was likely produced by climate change, according to the scientists.
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.