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Climate, Disease, and Human Population Control

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

The Future of Population Control?

Population -- People massWe humans will eventually solve our population problem–not voluntarily–but by our own actions.  Here are some of the human-caused factors responsible for reduced births and longevity:

  • Insect vectors for human diseases are moving to new places as climate changes.
  • Disease organisms are developing immunity to antibiotics.
  • Heatwaves and lethal storms are increasing.
  • Radioactive isotopes and other toxic materials are spreading through Earth environments.
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem stability are declining.

In the post below, Scribbler reviews some of the diseases related to climate change.

Zika and the New Climate Dystopia — Human Hothouse as Disease Multiplier

“As of today, authorities in Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador and Venezuela were urging women to avoid getting pregnant… It is unthinkable. Or rather, it is something out of a science fiction story, the absolute core of a dystopian future.” — Bill McKibben in a recent statement on global warming and the now pandemic Zika virus.

“There are a plethora of diseases out there. Diseases we don’t know about. Diseases locked away in far-off, rarefied corners of the world. Diseases that operate in small niche jungle environments. Diseases that live in only cave systems or within a single species. Diseases that were locked away millions of years ago in the now-thawing ice. Diseases that, if given a vector — or a means to travel outside of their little rarefied organic or environmental niches — can wreak untold harm across wide spans of the globe.

Countries with Reported Active Zika Transmission

“(Countries with reported active Zika transmission. Until recently, Zika flare-ups had been isolated to Central Africa and French Polynesia. Now the virus is a global pandemic with World Health Organizations authorities concerned infections could top 4 million. Image source: The CDC.)” –Robert Scribbler.

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