Climate change is affecting disease-carrying mosquitoes and other insects |

The effects of climate change, according to Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, mean these deadly diseases are no longer reserved for the developing world. Insect-borne diseases—such as malaria, dengue, West Nile and the newly emerging chikungunya—infect a billion people every year; more than a million die each year and many more are disabled.
Michael said, “We now have a great deal of knowledge and tools for determining how to best protect ourselves from insect-borne diseases. It is up to policymakers to recognize the significant role that climate change can have in affecting current global efforts to reduce the burden of these diseases and to prevent their emergence in new risk areas. We need to implement the required adaptation and climate-resilient measures in the most cost-effective way. Research support is vital, and with the potential of joint projects between The Eck Institute for Global Health, the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, its Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and other centers within the University, I expect the University of Notre Dame to play an increasingly important global role in this vital field.” Read More |


Disease-carrying mosquitoes from South-East Asia detected in Brisbane

Aedes aegypti

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