This always get's me nervous. The dmphp.org AMA disaster medicine journal update.
I got the mailer today.
________________SPECIAL FOCUS ARTICLE ABSTRACT
Sentinel Event for Climate Change?
Mark E. Keim, MD
Author Affiliations: National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
Objectives: To describe the impact of an acute-onset sea-level-rise disaster in 2 coral atoll populations and to generate hypotheses for further investigation of the association between climate change and public health.
Methods: Households of Lukunoch and Oneop islands, Micronesia, were assessed for demographics, asset damage, food availability, water quantity and quality, hygiene and sanitation, and health status. Every fourth household on Lukunoch was randomly selected (n = 40). All Oneop households were surveyed (n = 72). Heads of each household were interviewed in the local language using a standard survey tool. Prevalence data were analyzed, and 95% confidence intervals were calculated.
Results: A total of 112 total households were respondents representing 974 inhabitants. On Lukunoch, roughly half of all households surveyed reported at least a partial loss of their primary dietary staple and source of calories (taro and breadfruit). Six (15%) of 40 Lukunoch households surveyed (95% CI, 6%-30%) reported a complete loss of taro and four (10%) of the 40 households (95% CI, 3%-24%) reported a complete loss of breadfruit. On Oneop, nearly all households reported at least a partial loss of these same food staples. Twenty four (31%) of all 76 Oneop households reported a complete loss of taro and another 24 (31%) households reported a complete loss of breadfruit. One third of all households surveyed reported a complete loss. On Lukunoch 11 (28%) of 40 households, (95% CI, 15%-43%) reported damage from salination, but none were damaged to the point of a complete loss. Forty-nine (64%) of 76 Oneop households reported salination and five (6%) reported complete loss of their well.
Conclusion: On March 5, 2007, an acute-onset, sea level rise event resulting in coastal erosion, shoreline inundation, and saltwater intrusion occurred in two coral atoll islands of Micronesia. The findings of this study suggest that highly vulnerable populations of both islands experienced disastrous losses involving crop productivity and freshwater sources. These findings reveal the need for effective public health research and sustainable interventions that will monitor and shape the health of small island populations predicted to be at high risk for adverse health effects due to climate change.
Key Words: climate • disasters • sea-level rise • Pacific islands • Micronesia • food supply • floods • world health • environmental health • vulnerable population.
It has been my contention that the CapnTrade GW fraud is not dead and it will be the major tool in the 2012 date for the Genesis Project. Just because Copenhagen was a washout, it does not make the project dead and the low profile will come back to full center after the international Scalar attack sometime in the 2012 scenario.
What is also interesting is the Journal mailer I recieved had a Los Angeles urban nuclear scenario on the cover. Hmmmm. Might we get the nuclear attack before the GW flood and earthquakes? I'd hate like hell to be right on the City of Angels west coast terror attack prediction.
The article goes into depth on the effect of nuclear detonation on weather and climate change. Today I am freaking just a bit. When the private planes start landing here, it's time to worry.