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Surprise! Climate change did not come up at this week’s presidential forum on national security.

But it really should have.

Climate change is a bigger threat to human life than terrorism, according to actual experts. A 2012 report from humanitarian group DARA International found that 400,000 deaths each year are connected to climate change, a number that is projected to increase to more than 600,000 per year by 2030. The Department of Defense itself has said that climate change harms military operations at home and abroad and poses security risks around the globe.

“It’s as if the country was being attacked along every border, simultaneously,” Andrea Dutton, an expert on rising sea levels, recently told The New York Times. “It’s a slow, gradual attack, but it threatens the safety and security of the United States.”

The Commander-in-Chief Forum, as it was officially called, was broadcast on NBC on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared on stage one after the other and answered questions. Neither one brought up climate change, nor did the moderator or questioners — but those damned emails got some airtime.