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Warm Weather Means Warm Weather Diseases

Filed Under: Environment at 9:14 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
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Malaria – you’ve heard of it. You know what it is, but while you’re aware that you don’t want it, it’s not something you pay much attention to. You don’t live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or even the warmer areas of the Americas. You live in Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Ontario . . . It’s cold there. The opportunity for infection is fairly limited, or it was.

Scientists predict that global warming could bring diseases such as malaria to the chillier parts of the world. The heat waves will turn previously safe climates into unsafe ones. By 2080, anywhere between 20 million and 70 million more people could live in a malarial zone. That could very well include you. In fact, it probably does. And if you’re thinking that you won’t be alive in 2080 to see this change, your kids will be or their kids. Do you want them to be at risk for malaria?

I didn’t think so.

Protect your health and your descendants’ health. Curb global warming. Do whatever you can to save the environment rather than destroy it.

It sounds like a daunting task, but it’s not. Simple steps can make huge differences. Researchers are already finding that merely altering the layout of a city to make it more walk-able significantly cuts down on pollution (and obesity!), which significantly slows down global warming. So walk rather than drive. Hop on a bike instead of a car. Do your part to save the world and you might just save your grandchildren.

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