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In recent years allergies, asthma and other respiratory disease incidence has risen due to the global rise in temperature and carbon dioxide levels promoting pollen production, dust clouds from drought stricken countries, pollutants from industry and vehicles and particulate matter from an increase in fires. Infectious diseases including West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria are predicted to become more prevalent as the carrier insects adapt to the more favorable climate and increase their breeding cycle as well as expand their current habitats. There is also concern for world food crops and uncontaminated water supply availability as unpredictable weather patterns compromise the viability of both.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes
About: Change in climate to greatly affect health
Date: 16 November 2005
Author: Paul Epstein, Evan Mills
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