Ireland To Face Climate Change Malaria Risk
Medical experts have raised concerns of malaria taking hold in Ireland as the change in climatic conditions could become conducive to the spread of the disease and allow mosquitoes to breed in the country. Malaria kills more than one million people annually around the world.
Dr. Elizabeth Cullen has said “all that is necessary is a return of regularly recurring hotter summers over a definite period of years, and the malaria–carrying Anopheles will inevitably re-establish themselves and infect a certain proportion of the community”.
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Geez……. how often must this drivel be slapped down? I’m not sure I can still find that statement by medical experts stating this is a bunch of garbage……… I’ve got it somewhere……..
Malaria may continue decreasing in a warming world. By the way malaria was rampant in England during the Little Ice Age.
During the Little Ice Age.
Now, do we need heat or not? Not. Scaremongering idiots!
No. But, a warming planet does make the highlands of Kenya hospitable to malaria-carrying mosquitoes where the local vectors were unable to survive before.
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes still live across the U.S., and well north (or south, depending on your hemisphere) of the tropics. The seasonality of the mosquitoes helps in eradicating the disease, and once the disease is gone from humans, mosquitoes don’t have anywhere to catch it, to spread.
So, yeah, in some places, warming will indeed help spread malaria without dramatic countermeasures. We don’t need heat, but we do need light. Darkmongering anti-science idiots!
Climate change is quite an excuse for bad public health policies.
Well, here’s a new one. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v465/n7296/abs/nature09098.html
The money quotes ——— “First, widespread claims that rising mean temperatures have already led to increases in worldwide malaria morbidity and mortality are largely at odds with observed decreasing global trends in both its endemicity and geographic extent.” And, “Predictions of an intensification of malaria in a warmer world, based on extrapolated empirical relationships or biological mechanisms, must be set against a context of a century of warming that has seen marked global declines in the disease and a substantial weakening of the global correlation between malaria endemicity and climate.”
Full study here.
Malaria has nothing to do with climate and everything to do with poverty. Aprrox. 1 million people die of malaria every year (most of them children) and virtually all those people live in the third world. With proper access to insecticides (like DDT), malaria could be eradicated worldwide. But becuase of the greenie left, these poor people are condemned to sleep in bed nets. Sickening!
What about sunstroke, syphilis and varicose veins?
Seriously, mosquitos need cool rainy seasons and monsoon summers. Hot dry seasons burn them out.
Oh, I forgot, warm-earthers know for sure that global warming causes droughts and also causes rains. Pardon me!
was this entirely necessary?
They actually take pride in the fact that the TSA finds no discernible difference between harmless citizens, children, the elderly, and a terrorist.
Found it! http://www.marshall.org/pdf/materials/221.pdf
Now the warmistas can argue with a professor of medical entomology, a professor of parasite ecology, and a professor of tropical public health, immunology, and infectious diseases.
Morons don’t know that malaria was live and well in extremely cold climates.
Sounds better than the cold, wet weather that caused the Potato Famine in the 1840’s. Aren’t there enough problems in the world without imagining new ones all the time?
Didn’t they promote the use of DDT to wipe out malaria?
…and didn’t malaria come back when they stopped using DDT
Yes and yes.
This from a piece called “Ireland at the Time of the Plantation” (i.e. five hundred years ago). Apparently they had their own brand of malaria (ague) back then…
“Also inhabitants as well as strangers are troubled there with an ague which they call the Irish ague, and they who are sick thereof, upon a received custom, do not use the help of the physician, but give themselves to the keeping of Irish women, who starve the ague, giving the sick man no meat, who takes nothing but milk and some vulgarly known remedies at their hand.”
Prior to DDT, malaria deaths numbered 1 million worldwide. Once DDT was used, the numbers dropped to 50,000 dead/year, and malaria was on the verge of being eradicated. Then DDT was banned (based on junk science) and the number of deaths went back up to 1 million per year for 40 years. That’s almost 40 million senseless deaths, most of them children. To put that in perspective, of all the despotic dictators in the 20th century, only Chairman Mao exceeded that (45 million dead in less than 5 years).
1 million per year for 40 years
Plus all the suffering from the sickness until they died.
According to historic figures, malaria deaths prior to DDT numbered somewhere over 5 million annually. According to WHO figures, at the peak of DDT use in 1959 and 1960, 4 million a year died from malaria.
WHO had an ambitious campaign to eradicate malaria, but that campaign was frustrated by 1965 with the discovery that overuse of DDT by agricultural interests had bred mosquitoes that were resistant and immune to DDT. WHO pared back the eradication campaign, to concentrate on improving treatment of humans, in 1965. By 1969, the international board of WHO officially killed the eradication campaign, to focus instead on controlling the disease. In 1965, about 3 million people a year died from malaria.
In 1970, Sweden banned the use of DDT on crops. In 1972, the U.S. banned DDT use on crops. In 1972, the annual death toll to malaria was abut 2 million.
In 2005, the annual malaria death toll dropped below a million, and now estimates and counts show about 800,000 people die each year form preventable malaria.
So, as DDT use was reduced, the malaria deaths declined, rather than rose.
Malaria is a tough disease to beat. DDT alone can’t do the trick. Pretending DDT will work miracles won’t help.
No. DDT was promoted to wipe out typhus.
No, malaria didn’t come back when DDT was “stopped.” As DDT use has declined since 1965, so has malaria. Malaria death tolls are now the lowest they have been in human history, under 880,000 per year — largely without DDT.
DDT is a pesticide, not a cure for malaria. DDT may play a role in a militant, disciplined anti-malaria campaign. But DDT is not magic. DDT is not pixie dust. We can’t poison an area to health.
Under U.S. law, it’s illegal to make a false case against a compound and get it banned.
If the case against DDT in 1972 was wrong, please show us the studies in science that make the case.
DDT is still a poison, still uncontrollable when released in the wild. The only junk science is the claim that DDT is not a dangerous compound.