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Climate Change May Rise Malaria, Asthma

As climate change is claimed to have cleaned the earth of several species in the prehistoric era, it has the power even to increase dominant species, specially a wide range of parasitic insects. This resulting increase in the insects and the whipping up dust from storms may accelerate the spread of deadly diseases like malaria and asthma — in both rich and poor countries, according to a new report. According to a Reuters report, with the increasing temperatures, malaria is becoming more common in the traditionally cool mountains of Africa, Asia and Latin America, whose history have rarely witnessed such diseases. 10 percent of the world’s people live here. Dr. Paul Epstein, the lead author of “Climate Change Futures” informs that malaria cases have quadrupled in the past 10 years and kill 3,000 African babies a day. Scientists believe greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) released by cars and utilities burning fossil fuels, lead to climate change by trapping the sun’s heat in the atmosphere. That can lead to rising seas that may cause flooding and stronger storms.

Via: Environmental News Network