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WP Asks: Will Climate Change Worsen Ebola Outbreaks?

Now this is the kind of fear-mongering the news media not only accepts, but revels in.

From the Washington Post:

Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?

By Angela Fritz and Jason Samenow [sic] |August 5, 2014

The Ebola outbreak is “out of control” in parts of West Africa, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Could climate change hasten the spread of the deadly virus? Perhaps, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic…

Scientific and health organizations have long held that climate change poses risks to human health, that warming may expand the range of certain water- and air-borne diseases. For example, given that it thrives in warm water, Cholera has been found to correlate with rising sea surface temperature.  And while adaptive measures like improved medical care and vaccines could control their spread, Malaria, Dengue fever, and Lyme disease are all expected to expand in geographical area as global temperature increases, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

And never mind that the IPCC has blamed everything from male pattern baldness to toe fungus on ‘Climate Change.’ Still, we guess it’s a good thing that global temperatures haven’t gone up for more than 17 years.

However, the connection between climate and Ebola is more complex since it’s related to changes in precipitation characteristics, rather than directly linked to temperature…

As the globe warms, precipitation extremes are projected to increase…

Again, it’s a good thing that the globe hasn’t warmed for more than 17 years.

But projecting future changes in precipitation on the regional scale is difficult.  Over Africa, the forecast is complex. Rainfall is projected to decrease over northern Africa, but remains uncertain over much of the rest of the continent… Given the mixed-bag forecast, it remains unclear whether we will see an increase or decrease in Ebola outbreaks from precipitation patterns alone…

In other words, they can’t predict the weather. But they can predict Climate Change for decades in the future.

In its latest assessment report, the IPCC emphasized that adaptive measures can reduce human vulnerability to changes in disease incidence caused by climate change:

The most effective vulnerability reduction measures for health in the near term are programs that implement and improve basic public health measures such as provision of clean water and sanitation, secure essential health care including vaccination and child health services, increase capacity for disaster preparedness and response, and alleviate poverty…

In other words, as always, the UN, wants more of the West’s money to be given to these countries. And it really has nothing to do with the climate.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WP Asks: Will Climate Change Worsen Ebola Outbreaks?”

  1. Sure, if it means we’re racist then ebola yadda yadda


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