On malaria in Britain

Britain\’s temperature would rise by the average 7.2F (4C) which would mean Mediterranean summers and an extended growing season for new crops like olives, vines and apricots.

However deaths from heat waves will increase, droughts and floods would become more common, diseases like malaria may spread to Britain and climate change refugees from across the world are likely to head to the country.

I\’m really not quite sure why malaria might spread to Britain.

I currently live in a country which is rather more than 4 oC warmer than Britain and there\’s no malaria here.

Further, malaria used to be extant, endemic even, in Britain and it wasn\’t because the place was warmer.

That particular piece of climate change scaremongering is, well, just scaremongering.

9 comments on “On malaria in Britain

  1. Not of course that it’s going to get anything like that warm anyway, and it’s been much warmer than now in the last thousand years to boot.

    Have a look at http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=7168 – a final “pulling out of the rug” from under the “Hockey Stick” and with it any papers, peer-reviewed or taken from Wikipedia[1], that rely on its original datasets. It also identifies some serious scientific chicanery, not to say outright dishonesty from some of the “Deans” of climate science.

    [1] – From wattsupwitthat.com – ” As first reported on ClimateAudit.org, the origin of a graph used in last week’s UN climate report, published to coincide with the summit in New York attended by President Obama and other world leaders, was not an august team of scientists working around the clock, but rather Wikipedia…

    Perhaps equally surprising was the revelation that the graph’s author was not a climatologist, but rather an obscure Norwegian ecologist, Hanno Sandvik, who claimed no expertise regarding the data used in his graph. Misidentified in the UN report as “Hanno,” Sandvik politely distanced himself from the graph as the story unfolded. The UN report authors, meanwhile, had given a scientist they had never met or heard of the appearance of scientific legitimacy. “

  2. I once asked my epidemiologist friend why malaria vanished from Britain. “No-one really knows” he opined, sagely.

  3. It’s part of the softening-up process for the next climate-change beanfeast, due in December, I think.

    With any luck, the conference will coincide with the coldest weather in that locality for fifty years, maybe with snowstorms and blizzards, and the whole city shut down.

    One can dream.

    Meanwhile ignore anything the Telegraph says on climate change.

  4. Malaria needs a complete cycle – it has to go from an infected person, via a mosquito bite, to another person. Most of us, when we’re feeling sick, go to the hospital. Where it is hard for mosquitos to bite us and gain that bit of infected blood. So the cycle is broken.

    Which is one reason why malaria tends to exist in Third World countries. Poorly organised ones that can’t provide hospital isolation for patients at that. I lived for a long time in China. Ideal for malaria. Lots of mosquitos. Much warmer than the UK. No malaria except along the border with Burma.

  5. It has to be a particular type (or types) of mosquito too. Hey, I haven’t heard of any malaria here in Australia recently (even though neighbouring PNG and Indonesia are full of it) and I’m pretty sure that Cape York Peninsula, for example, is one or two degrees warmer than the UK.

  6. I’m pretty sure malaria is more of a cold country thing, if only that the worst outbreak last century was in Siberia, well known for its sub-tropical heat, in the 1929s and 30s. About 600 ooo people died.

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