News and CommentGLOBAL WARMING

Apocalypse Not

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Science  07 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5340, pp. 1004-1006
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5340.1004

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Predictions that global warming will spark epidemics have little basis, say infectious-disease specialists. They say climate change has had little to do with recent outbreaks of cholera, dengue, and malaria, and argue that public health measures will inevitably outweigh the effects of future climate change. While many of the researchers behind the dire predictions concede that the scenarios are speculative, they say their projections play a role in consciousness raising.