Vaccines Are One of Our Best Weapons Against Global Warming

February 11, 2015 11:01 AM

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Vaccines Are One of Our Best Weapons Against Global Warming

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has suggested that vaccines cause "profound mental disorders." Paul has also said he's "not sure anybody exactly knows why" the climate changes. So the likely presidential contender would probably find this fact pretty confusing: According to leading scientists, vaccines are among the "most effective" weapons in our arsenal for combating the threats that global warming poses to human health.

In its landmark report (PDF) last year, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global warming poses a range of health threats—especially in the developing world. Warmer temperatures and changes in rainfall will reduce crop production, leading to malnutrition. Foodborne and wa...

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