Global Warming, Disease Spread Link Uncertain Panel Says

Changes in climate can contribute to some disease outbreaks but link to global warming unproven yet.

Published: 02-Apr-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While changes in climate can contribute to some disease outbreaks, it is not yet possible to determine if global warming causes diseases to spread, a panel of independent U.S. scientists said on Monday.

A National Academy of Sciences panel called on the federal government to help create computer models and collect more data about disease outbreaks to determine if a connection exists.

The scientists' report was released amid a growing debate over what action, if any, the Bush administration plans to take to reduce fossil fuel emissions that are largely blamed for global warming.

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