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Infectious Tim Flannery hears Abigail Borah’s mosquito cry

GLOBAL warming news is pretty much one long scare story. The sceptics ma ybe less doubting if the warmists weren’t so shrill and knowing. Get a load of Abigail Borah, a victim of nominative determinism, channelling the winds of change through her mouth whistle. The latest scare story is not that Miss Borah is going to read the news, rather that Tim Flannery, Australia’s Chief Commissioner, sees disease in the hills you’re heading for:

As he  foresees on page 117 of his book The Weather Makers:

There is, surprisingly, one group of species that will benefit enormously from this aspect of climate change. These are the parasites that cause the four strains of malaria. As rainfall increases, the mosquitoes that carry the parasite will spread, the malarial season will lengthen, and the disease will proliferate. From Mexico City to Papua New Guinea’s Mt. Hagen, the mountain valleys of the world support human populations in high densities. And they are healthy, glorious places in which disease, where population density is not too great, is rare. Just below these communities — in the case of New Guinea at around 4,500 feet — are great forests where no one lives. This is because of malaria, which is so prevalent in parts of the tropics that it controls human populations. In the new future, global warming will grant access to the malarial parasite and its vector the Anopheles mosquito to those high mountain valleys, and there they will find tens of thousands of people without any resistance to the disease.

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Posted: 23rd, December 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment