"Climate Change Reveals Disease as National Security Threat"

"One of the most worrisome national security threats of climate change is the spread of disease, among both people and animals, U.S. intelligence and health officials say.

But more than a decade after such concerns were first raised by U.S. intelligence agencies, significant gaps remain in the health surveillance and response network — not just in developing nations, but in the United States as well, according to those officials and a review of federal documents and reports.

And those gaps, they say, undermine the ability of the U.S. and world health officials to respond to disease outbreaks before they become national security threats."

Jessica Q. Chen reports for the Medill National Security Reporting Project via McClatchy Newspapers January 10, 2011.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011