What should Americans be most concerned about right now? Vox ranked the answers, and turns out that ISIS and Ebola are (currently) on the bottom of the list.
The top threats?
Heart disease and cancer, traffic accidents, guns, and climate change.
This is why you shouldn’t always believe the media hype. Read more at Vox
Climate change outranks Ebola and Isis:
4) Climate change
Danger to Americans: Potentially dire. The greatest near-term harm may be from a rise in extreme weather events. Over the next 100 years, that could include deadly heat waves, droughts, flooding, and a rise in sea levels that would affect coastal cities.
Worst-case scenario: The world is trying to limit the global temperature rise to 2°C, because any more than that is considered dangerous. A temperature rise of 4°C would cause “substantial species extinctions” and “large risks to global and regional food security,” as well as rising sea levels, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In other words, a total catastrophe.
How freaked out should you be: If you care about the world your kids and grandkids will grow up in, pretty freaked out. Averting disaster requires immediate, massive, global cuts to carbon emissions. With the US and China particularly dragging their feet, it may simply be too late.
The Pentagon released a report yesterday finding that climate change exacerbates terrorism and other national security threats, and laid out a strategy for how the military is going to deal with the catastrophic effects of climate change.
Fox News thinks it’s not the right time to talk about climate change — but it’s never going to be the right time, which means it’s always the right time.
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