Poor Nations just can’t catch a break. It’s difficult enough to build an infrastructure when you have the funds, impossible to do so when you don’t have the materials on your land to generate income. Of course it is possible for poor nations to develop economically through the wealth of the citizenry who have conducted tricky business dealings to amass fortunes. But this too, just like the parched land on a drought stricken nation can dry up. Just look at the Greeks.
Then there’s terrorism which grows heartily in poor nations. Hunger and no future make people more amenable to consider radical thought. And poor nations seem to have more than their share of hunger and disease and parasites and creatures with animus and severe heat and no water. Phew!
But with some things even the rich nations are affected, though not as much as the poor nations. As the climate continues to change more disease that has made a home in hot weather climes will bring their plagues and well, will plague us. In addition programs to eradicate the source of the virus remain unoriginal and unfunded.
Complicating this is the natural tendency for politicians to take natural disaster relief efforts as opportunities to hold other projects they hold as hostage. Funds to combat Zika have been requested by the administration, some politicians feel this need is the appropriate time to once again challenge Obamacare.
“Americans should expect a surge in deaths from heat waves, flooding, and respiratory disease as the climate warms, according to a wide-ranging White House report released last month. And what spells disaster for humans could also be a boon to infectious microbes and the animals that transmit them.”
“The guest on this week’s episode of Inquiring Minds is Ben Beard, associate director for climate change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He’s one of more than 100 researchers who contributed to the report, and his specialty is vector-borne diseases. These illnesses—which include Lyme disease, dengue fever, and Zika virus—are transmitted by other animals, especially insects such as mosquitos and ticks. Beard talks with co-host Indre Viskontas about how global warming is poised to alter their spread and whether the changes we’re already seeing can be attributed to climate change. “These diseases are emerging in the United States,” he says. “There are more and more cases every year.” You can listen to the full interview with Beard below:
“It’s no coincidence that vector-borne illnesses are among the most “climate-sensitive” diseases, he adds, increasing in range and incidence when environmental conditions are favorable to the critters that harbor them. In some regions of the United States, recent decades have brought longer, warmer summers and shorter, milder winters. That’s played a role in the northward creep of tick-transmitted Lyme disease and seasonal flare-ups of the West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitos. But the issue isn’t simply the expanding range of those diseases; at warmer temperatures, mosquitos can speed up their life cycles, Beard explains. Under hotter conditions, viruses like West Nile will typically replicate faster in the cold-blooded mosquito, making it more likely to be transmitted through each bite.” http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/05/climate-change-mosquitos-inquiring-minds