By a 2:1 ratio, climate deniers have been getting more media attention then mainstream climate scientists. This was concluded by a recent study of 1,868 climate scientist who were asked how frequently they had been featured on TV. The answers given by the participants reflected whether the media was biased and whether they gave balanced air time. This type of unbalanced allowance of airtime is known as fudging. The NCA believes climate change is denied by 25% of Americans. Over 50% o these people are Christians and belive in Creatiosm. Researchers from GSU believe climate change is causing a wide array of problems on the Great Lakes. This includes their usage for recreational activities, their ability to provide drinking water, and ability to weed out invasive pathogens. Climate changes are effecting the stability of aquatic and marina wildlife as well as water supplies and the quality of the air. Having real-time analysis fo water systems will greatly improve researchers ability to monitor the effects of global warming and come together for a solution.
Climate Change and Disease
Is their a connection between the changing global climate and the recent outbreak of Ebola? Is mankind partly to blame for the current conditions? According to Jonathan Epstein of the EcoHealth Alliance, humans are responsible for the spread of many of the world’s diseases. The increase of farming, population expansion, traveling, and trade all contribute to climate warming and increase air pollution.
In a 2012 published study, a majority of disease experts from over 30 different countries agreed that climate change would increase the transmission of diseases across various continents. West Africa, in particular, has suffered the brunt of the weight with highly contagiousy diseases like Ebola. As confirmed by the WHO, infectious disease incident rates have risen globally at an escalating rate recently.
Ebola often travels through food sources like dead animals into the human populations. It often stays dormant in animals such as bats and monkeys while becoming incredibly dangerous to humans when it is consumed in raw or cooked meat. Impoverished nations are more susceptible to Ebola outbreaks as the resources are more limited and the general population is less educated on how to prevent contact with the pathogen.
Microscopic surveys of the region is the only viable way to assess the potential for Ebola transmission on a global scale. Vector-based diseases are more common with rising global temperatures because the carries of the disease increase in population more easily under warmer conditions. This means we can expect an increase in diseases like Malaria which are carried by mosquitoes. The fact of the matter is globalization is causing irreparable harm to the planet and making it more difficult to curb the anthropogenic pollution and climate change caused by humans.
Cholera and Malaria are two diseases to watch for as they are expected to have greater repercussions than Ebola on human populations. Cholera results in over 100,000 deaths a year as noted by experts. That is a staggering number and should be reason to be alarmed. Global warming is bound to increase the rate of diseases far more deadly than Ebola.