A Warmer Planet is a Sicker Planet
Scientists warn that infectious diseases will rise as the world gets warmer. Human malaria, butterflies with parasites, diseased corals, and trees overgrown with fungus are some of the things awaiting us as the Earth warms up. Entire species of animals could be wiped out.
Human tropical diseases will become more common as tropical weather spreads. Dr. Richard Ostfeld of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies says, “Disease now has to be considered another main player on the climate warming stage. We need to be taking climate warming much more seriously than we currently are. By ‘we’ I refer to international agencies but also the U.S. Government.”