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Some Other Costs Of Global Warming
By Ernest Stewart
"Scientists expect a warmer world to bring changes in "disease vectors"-the mechanisms that spread some diseases. Insects previously stopped by cold winters are already moving to higher latitudes (toward the poles). Warmer oceans and other surface waters may also mean severe cholera outbreaks and harmful bacteria in certain types of seafood." ~~~ Union Of Concerned Scientists
A warming planet threatens more than just the weather; it looks like more and deadly pathogens may be winging their way to a neighborhood near you! "An overall hotter planet and a rapidly-changing climate are altering the range of pathogens and increasing the appearance of infectious diseases," warns a new research paper published this week.
According to zoological researchers Daniel Brooks and Eric Hoberg, "rising temperatures may have on the emergence of previously unknown pathogens introduced to new regions or human environs."
"It's not that there's going to be one 'Andromeda Strain' that will wipe everybody out on the planet," explained Brooks, making reference to the 1971 science fiction novel by Michael Crichton. "There are going to be a lot of localized outbreaks putting pressure on medical and veterinary health systems. It will be the death of a thousand cuts."
"In both of these regions, the scientists witnessed the arrival of species that hadn't previously lived in the area and the departure of others. This means that as animals change locations, they're exposed to new parasites and pathogens.What their research claims to show is that theses parasites, many of which carry the most dangerous pathogens, are much more capable of switching hosts than previously thought. Brooks said...
"Even though a parasite might have a very specialized relationship with one particular host in one particular place, there are other hosts that may be as susceptible. West Nile Virus is a good example - no longer an acute problem for humans or wildlife in North America, it nonetheless is here to stay.So, the next time some bought-and-paid-for politician starts professing his non-belief in global warming, take some comfort that the bugs that will get to you, will also get to him -- and his one percent masters, too!
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(c) 2015 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.