Malaria and Climate Change

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We have previously mentioned that there may be more important issues in the world today than climate change, malaria is one of them. The disease kills thousands of people every year and dramatically slows the economic growth of many african countries by keeping children out of school and parents sick at home. Some climate change enthusiasts claim that increased global temperature will lead to an increase in Malaria, this is simply false – for a variety or reasons.

Malaria is not a tropical disease, it used to be quite prevalent in Canada, and its eradication has to do with human efforts of pest control. Read this good article on the realities of Malaria and then watch Bill Gates TED talk to understand why it is such an important issue.

More from the über-optimist, Bjorn Lomberg, who argues that we could adapt global warming more cheaply than we could prevent it.

Take malaria. Most estimates suggest that if nothing is done, 3% more of the Earth’s population will be at risk of infection by 2100. The most efficient global carbon cuts designed to keep average global temperatures from rising any higher than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels (a plan proposed by the industrialized G-8 nations) would cost the world $40 trillion a year in lost economic growth by 2100—and have only a marginal impact on reducing the at-risk malaria population. By contrast, we could spend $3 billion a year on mosquito nets, environmentally safe indoor DDT sprays, and subsidies for new therapies—and within 10 years cut the number of malaria infections by half. In other words, for the money it would take to save one life with carbon cuts, smarter policies could save 78,000 lives. (via Future Pundit)