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Scientists cited yesterday by Reuters said rising temperatures in East Africa could be fueling a rise in malaria despite previous research ruling out the link. According to earlier research, drug resistance and population growth are behind rising malaria rates. The link to temperature increases, which could extend malaria transmission seasons, has been discounted in studies that indicated warming has not been significant enough to account for the disease's upsurge.(WFP/Wagdi Othman )...





Global warming contributes to increasing Malaria.  And Americans contribute substantially to global warming.

The snows are disappearing from the mountain tops, glaciers are melting, weather patterns are shifting and causing crop failures and starvation and now Malaria is on the rise because of the longer transmission season.

No matter how much little George says there is no global warming due to the increased use of fossil fuels, the reality is that people are dying every day due to the effects of global warming.  

I wonder if Americans are ever going to make the connection between driving their low mileage per gallon of gas SUV's and the death of people around the world. The connection is there.  The reality is upon everyone of us.

The problem is that killing thousands of people by starvation due to contributing to global warming is not like shooting someone with a bullet.  Fossil fuels is a collateral killer.  It is hard link a particular death with a specific vehicle use.  Therefore, there is no guilt.

But in the third world, people are dying every day because of the American way.

John WorldPeace
December 13,  2002

Climate Change Could Fuel Malaria Rise-Scientists

Wed December 11, 2002 05:52 PM ET
By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Climate change could be causing more than higher temperatures--it may also be helping to fuel a rise in malaria in East Africa, scientists said on Wednesday.

Cases of the mosquito-borne disease that kills about 3,000 people a day around the world have surged in parts of the region during recent decades.

Earlier research had suggested the upsurge was due to drug resistance and population growth, and not global warming.

But scientists in the United States and Britain say it may not be just a coincidence that the rise in malaria parallels East African warming trends.

"We're not trying to say we have convincing and conclusive proof that climate change is causing malaria but equally we don't agree with the previous authors," Professor Mike Hulme, a climatologist at the University of East Anglia in England, said in an interview.

"We want to keep the door open that climate change might be causing the malaria increase."


Hulme and medical epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Patz of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, who published their findings in the science journal Nature, said the data used in the previous research is not precise enough to rule out a link.

In an earlier study, Simon Hay of Oxford University and his colleagues concluded that the temperature had not altered significantly enough during the past century to explain the surge in malaria in some areas of East Africa.

"In principle there could well be a connection between a warming of climate and an extension of malaria incidence in a population," said Hulme.

"At the moment we can't rule it out."

Hulme said temperatures have increased 0.15 degrees Celsius (around 0.25 F) per decade from 1970 to 1998 in regions of East Africa.

He called for more research and surveillance to identify exactly what it is that is causing the increase in the disease.

Climate warming is thought to be a main contender because higher temperatures in the highland regions of East Africa could extend the transmission season so more people would be exposed to the malaria parasite.

Malaria is the world's deadliest tropical disease. It infects 300 million to 500 million people a year and kills between one million and 2.7 million. Most are African children.

Although anti-malaria drugs are available, the malaria parasite has developed resistance to many treatments. Mosquitoes that carry the parasite are becoming resistant to some pesticides, so finding a malaria vaccine is a top public health priority.

Scientists believe the recent sequencing of the genetic maps of the malaria parasite and the insect that carries it will speed up the development of new treatments, as well as a vaccine and better pesticides.


How can we manifest peace on earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both sexes) in our vision of Peace?

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