Is Climate Change A Bigger Threat Than Ebola?

Climate change should be declared a public health emergency because it is more deadly than Ebola.

That is the assessment of Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).

In August, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa qualified as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

In an editorial that accompanied an article providing information to doctors about how to become climate change advocates, Godlee provided the following information.

“WHO has shown important leadership on climate change but has stopped short of declaring a global public health emergency. This may be understandable with Ebola raging. But it is what WHO should now do. Deaths from Ebola infection, tragic and frightening though they are, will pale into insignificance when compared with the mayhem we can expect for our children and grandchildren if the world does nothing to check its carbon emissions. And action is needed now.”

As a result of burning fossil fuels, Godlee claimed that “about seven million premature deaths from indoor and outdoor air pollution” have occurred. She also noted that at the September 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, WHO Director General Margaret Chan deemed climate change as “the greatest threat to public health and the defining issue of the 21st century.”

An official with the Global Warming Policy Forum think tank countered the BMJ editorial by arguing that the “World Health Organization would become a global laughing stock if they were to follow the ridiculously over-the-top demands of a green alarmist editor. There is a real disconnect between what they are saying and the reality,” London’s Daily Mail reported.

Separately, Charles B. Strozier, a City University of New York history professor, editorialized that a severe drought in Syria brought upon by climate change created the conditions that lead to the formation of ISIS. Despite presiding over foreign policy debacles such as Syria, Ukraine, and Benghazi while in office, earlier this month former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that global climate change is the greatest challenge facing the U.S.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, a Texas man returning from Liberia has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus, but he may have come in contact to some degree with 80 other persons. There may also be other Ebola cases elsewhere in the U.S., according to some media outlets.

The Inquisitr has reported that the United Nationals Ebola response chief warned that Ebola could mutate and become airborne. According to BBC News, “More than 3,431 people have died in four West African countries in what has become the world’s worst ever Ebola outbreak.” The Reuters news agency claims that the health risk may actually be worse than publicly disclosed: “Ebola’s rapid spread through West Africa has been quickened by the difficulty of keeping track of the deadly disease, and filling in the huge gaps in knowledge about the epidemic is key to eventually containing it, health experts say. U.N. and World Health Organization data show the number of cases across the region had reached 7,423 by Sept 29, including 3,355 deaths. That is widely agreed to be an underestimate.”

The Obama administration has so far been unwilling to put any limits on incoming flights from Ebola-stricken countries. A CDC official has insisted that it’s “very unlikely that (Ebola victims) would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers.” American medical experts add that the Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, and that American medical facilities are much better equipped to treat and isolate patients who might fall ill.

Matthew Continetti, the editor in chief of the Washington Free Beacon, takes little comfort in U.S. government reassurances (as well as similar sentiments from Obamacare mastermind Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel) that the feds can effectively handle and contain the disease.

“… Again, the faces on our televisions say there is no cause for alarm… Not only do I disagree with the constant stream of soothing and complacent rhetoric from Dr. Zeke’s friends in government and media. I also believe it is entirely rational to fear the possibility of a major Ebola outbreak, of a threat to the president and his family, of jihadists crossing the border, of a large-scale European or Asian war, of nuclear proliferation, of terrorists detonating a weapon of mass destruction. These dangers are real, and pressing, and though the probability of their occurrence is not high, it is amplified by the staggering incompetence and failure and misplaced priorities of the U.S. government. It is not Ebola I am afraid of. It is our government’s ability to deal with Ebola.”

Do you think that climate change is a more serious public health threat than the Ebola epidemic?

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