The threat of a pandemic is much greater because we refuse to address the causes of climate change. Yes, in the short term we can take steps to survive an emergency, but in the long term the only way to reduce the threat is to address climate change.
Welcome to the arcane and short-sighted world of public health strategic planning.
In crises, anxiety focuses attention. I am continuing to focus on the growing Ebola epidemic, which has no real restraints to keep it from becoming a global pandemic.