As the big powers continue to squabble on how to tackle Global Warming new ramification of the phenomenon is becoming evident. Researchers who have been studying the results of the climate change have discovered a new side effect of global warming in the form of more contagious and parasitic diseases than ever before. If the global temperatures continue to rise unfettered, the world could witness numerous epidemics caused by different diseases.
There are different ill effects of global warming and experts are not aware which effect will hit us first. It could be in the form of mega droughts like the one in US, rising sea levels or as a recent study shows, new diseases.
Daniel Brooks is a respected zoologist from the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology warns that there could be more and more epidemics like the Ebola outbreak which is wreaking havoc in western Africa as the climate continues to warm.
Professor Brooks fears that warming planet will cause new epidemics around the world leaving society fighting vainly to stop diseases in time. The epidemics will not hit the population en mass but multiple little ones across different corners of the globe.
There will not be any instance of a single pathogen wiping out the entire planet’s population. Instead several instances of local outbreak will overwhelm the local and national medical health systems and would result in the proverbial “death of thousand cuts”.
Climate change affects every region of the globe be it tropical region or the Arctic region. Brooks and his co author Eric Hoberg who is an authority on Zoology from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Parasite Collection focused his attention on the Arctic region while Brooks studied the temperate region.
Both the scientists discovered that climate changes affect the manner in which diseases spread regardless of the location and concluded that global warming will cause the spread of more and more contagious diseases