Blog entry 1: (day 35) Lindy
is at the end of her journey. She has been bitten by a mosquito
and describes what she knows about the process. Asset link:
A Blood Feast (images of mosquitoes
Blog entry 2: (day 33) Lindy talks about
the unusually dry weather in Kericho.
Blog entry 3: (day 32) Lindy details her
visit to a malaria clinic. Asset link: Deadly
Parasites(the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, one
parasite that causes malaria)
Blog entry 4: (day 31) Lindy's appointment
with a world famous malaria expert is cancelled.
Blog entry 5: (day 30) Lindy wants to talk
with a malaria expert who is visiting Kericho for the day
about what can be done to stop this disease.
Blog entry 6: (day 28) Lindy talks about
the irony of the word "malaria," derived from the Italian
terms for bad air.
Blog entry 7: (day 26) Lindy explores a bit
of the researcher's work, talking about malaria and the course
it has charted throughout the ages. Dr. Pascual has shown that, given even the relatively small documented temperature changes in Kericho and similar areas, the increase in the mosquito population is quite significant. See this article for more information. Asset link: History
of a Lethal Disease (background on the past, present,
and future of malaria)
Blog entry 8: (day 25) Lindy reports that
it was another rainy day in Kericho.
Blog entry 9: (day 23) Lindy meets with the
Malaria Division in Kenya's Ministry of Health and talks about
other factors that may be impacting the mosquito population
and, in turn, the upturn in cases of malaria in the region.
Blog entry 10: (day 22) Lindy recalls a television
segment on climate change that first sparked her interest
in the connection between climate change and changes in animal
and insect populations. Asset link: Changing
Climate, Changing Habitat (how climate change affects
a variety of animal and insect populations)
Blog entry 11: (day 20) Lindy talks about
critics who say that warmer Earth temperatures are not a factor
in changes in malaria patterns. Instead, they point to other
causes, such as parasites becoming immune to medicine. Asset
Temperature Trends (examining and analyzing data to see
what climate information it contains)
Blog entry 12: (day 19) Lindy is down in
the dumps: she has no money and her Internet connection is
Blog entry 13: (day 15) Lindy writes about
her visit with a local family whose daughter has malaria.
Blog entry 14: (day 12) Lindy talks about
an inventive cooker she has seen used in Kenya. Called a Jiko,
it uses less charcoal or wood than other cooking methods.
Asset link: The Carbon Cycle
(follows carbon as it cycles through our environment)
Blog entry 15: (day 10) Lindy thinks about
the reasons researchers are trying to find out the connection
between mosquitoes, climate, and disease.
Blog entry 16: (day 8) On her way from Nairobi
to Kericho, Lindy spots a headline about the Greenhouse Effect.
Asset link: The Greenhouse
Effect(follows this cycle as carbon moves through our
Blog entry 17: (day 6) Lindy's train ride
from Mombasa to Nairobi is hot and crowded, leaving her aching
to get to Kericho. Asset link: Molecules
on the Move: Greenhouse Gases (shows how molecules of
carbon dioxide and nitrogen in our atmosphere behave when
exposed to electromagnetic radiation)
Blog entry 18: (day 5) Lindy is excited
to begin her journey to Kericho.
Blog entry 19: (day 3) Lindy runs into a
group of Canadian student-journalists at the Kenyan convention
on climate and the environment. Asset link: Fossil
Fuels and a Fiery Future (explores the way burning of
fossil fuels has impacted the carbon cycle and our climate)
Blog entry 20: (day 2) Lindy relates that
she keeps hearing the same story over and over again at the
climate change conference: diseases are showing up in places
they have never been seen before. Asset link: What
we do Now ... (looks at a typical town today and one in
the 1930s, comparing their carbon footprints)
Blog entry 21: (day 1) Lindy arrives in
Kenya, excited to be able to investigate what's going on with
climate change and changing patterns in animal and insect
ranges. She's hopeful that all of this will lead to greater
cooperation around the world to help solve these problems.