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Update - The fungus affecting humans may not be a covert plot after all, it may just be science: that familiar culprit climate change. However, the fungus that is killing off the poppies in Afghanistan MAY be a secret weapon wielded by the CIA. Is this some sort of conspiracy?

The mysterious fungus may have infected about half of the Afghan poppy crop, which is the source for 92% of the world's opium, which is made into illegal drugs and shipped to the West. BBC News reports that Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, says this could have an major impact on revenues for the Taliban, which uses opium to finance its insurgency.

Meanwhile, when it comes to humans, scientists have discovered that elevated levels of carbon dioxide like those produced by climate change can increase the production of fungal spores, including some associated with allergies and asthma, meaning that exposure to fungal spores may be an increasing problem as atmospheric CO2 levels rise.

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