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I found out today that malaria may have gotten its name from the Italians, who thought it was caused by bad air (in their language, mala aria). Ironic, isn't it? Today's "bad air" – so full of carbon dioxide-- may be making it easier for mosquitoes to spread malaria in places where it hasn't been a big problem before.


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The disease itself is one thing. But why is it showing up in places where it hasn't been seen before? Dr. Pascual's research shows that at least part of it is due to the way our climate is changing. She's traced a slight upward change in temperatures in areas like Kericho. And that change – which she's shown mathematically – can cause an eight-fold increase in the mosquito population. And, what's more, the plasmodia that the mosquitoes carry now have a better chance of growing and reproducing in the warmer climate. After all, even the slightest change in an area's average temperatures can affect the plants and animals that are part of the area's ecosystem.

I think about it this way: we can't live on Mars because the climate is too cold. But, if we could somehow make the climate a little friendlier to Earth's humans, wouldn't more of us want to go there, if only for the adventure of it all?


My name's Lindy and I'm glad you stopped by. I'm a junior in college, visiting Kenya this mini-mester to try to get a handle on a question I've had for some time. Everyone always talks about climate change and what's happening to our planet. But what I want to see is some solid scientific proof. And I think I've found it. More


Check out these web sites to find out more about malaria, climate change, and the connection between the two.

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