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The Ecology of Climate Change and Infectious Diseases

 

In 2000, drastic weather changes wrecked every day lives for hundreds of people in Mozambique. Within a short span of six months, they lived through three cyclones, and incessant rain, which led to flooding and a spike in malaria.

In this commentary on the ecology of climate change, Paul Epstein, the former associate director of the center, argues that climate change, and weather are linked to each other, and to human health.

He writes, "In sum, our health, the final common pathway integrating our environmental and social surroundings, is threatened in multiple ways by growing climate instability."

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March 1, 2010