Warming Climate Could Bring Increase Of Insect-Borne Diseases To U.S., Washington Post Reports
Washington Post: The invisible threat: Rising temperatures mean insects can carry viruses such as West Nile to wider areas
“…Many of the predicted consequences of global warming — such as rising sea levels and more powerful storms — can seem remote, separated by time and geography from the daily concerns of most Americans. But scientists say even a relatively modest rise in temperatures can trigger substantial changes within the invisible ecosystems in which pathogens and hosts interact. The results can be extraordinarily difficult to predict, but a preponderance of evidence suggests that a warmer United States will see greater numbers of insect pests and new waves of insect-borne disease…” (Warrick, 11/27).