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State not ready for 'climate refugees.' Researchers Thursday predicted a flood of new residents driven north by heat waves, fires and other calamitous effects of global warming. The warming is expected to exacerbate health problems caused by air pollution -- including deaths. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 13 February 2009
Climate change takes a mental toll. There is evidence that extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, cyclones, and hurricanes, can lead to emotional distress, which can trigger such things as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, in which the body's fear and arousal system kicks into overdrive. Boston Globe. 09 February 2009
Human adaptation to climate change aids mosquito spread. Humans adjusting to water shortages caused by global warming could help a dengue fever-carrying mosquito expand into new parts of Australia, according to a study released Tuesday. Agence France-Presse. 28 January 2009
Water tanks help spread of dengue fever. Backyard water tanks, a key weapon for Australian households in the battle against drought and climate change, may prove a double-edged sword if they help the mosquito that spreads dengue fever to penetrate deep into southern and inland Australia. Sydney Australian. 28 January 2009
Experts warn climate change will increase rates of disease. Experts say a warmer climate is likely to have a profound impact on the health of Australians and the impact will be felt most in rural communities. But they say cleaning up the environment could have health benefits. ABC News. 27 January 2009
Climate-change research to examine human health. The effects of climate change on health - particularly heat-related diseases such as dengue fever - will be examined as part of a research project to be announced by the Federal Government today. Sydney Morning Herald. 27 January 2009
West Africa: yellow fever outbreaks on the rise. As international agencies respond to the emergence of the deadly yellow fever virus in Guinea, experts say they are increasingly concerned about a rise in outbreaks across Africa. UN IRIN. 27 January 2009
European virus linked to global warming. A sometimes deadly rodent-borne viral disease has become an epidemic in parts of Europe due to global warming, Belgian researchers said Thursday. United Press International. 16 January 2009
France warns on fast-spreading animal diseases. Globalisation and climate change will spread animal diseases even faster and Europe should step up efforts to protect people's health and income, France's farm minister said. Reuters Health. 15 January 2009
Australia's Aborigines to suffer most from climate change: experts. Australia's outback Aborigines will be among the worst affected by climate change as soaring temperatures likely cause more disease and spur distress about the changing landscape, a new report shows. Agence France-Presse. 15 January 2009
Pakistan to be hit hardest by climate change. Pakistan is among countries that will be hit hardest by climate change though it contributes only a fraction to global warming, environmental experts including India's R K Pachauri have said. Bombay Economic Times. 15 January 2009
Australia's Aborigines to feel climate shift most. Australia's Aborigines will feel the impact of climate warming more than other Australians, with their remote outback homes and generally poor health making them particularly vulnerable, a report said Tuesday. Reuters. 13 January 2009
Study suggests warmer temperatures could lead to upsurge in maize pests. World climatic changes are likely to worsen world’s food insecurity problems as the changes provide the warmer weather pests prefer. Nigerian Tribune. 06 January 2009
Warmer temps could spread tick-borne disease. The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) rarely bites people, far preferring the taste of dog. But global warming could be changing that, exposing people to dangerous diseases as a result. Discovery Channel. 31 December 2008
Dengue, typhoid cases up due to global warming. The number of dengue fever, typhoid fever, and cholera cases in the country in 2008 rose due to the effects of global warming, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Friday. GMA News. 26 December 2008
'Airport malaria' risk rising with global warming. Global warming is raising the risk for infection with so-called "airport malaria" in malaria-free zones of the United States and Europe, researchers warn. HealthDay News. 13 December 2008
Health - a victim of climate change. More malaria, diarrhea, and asthma: these diseases are on the rise around the world because of environmental destruction and kill some three million children under five and two million adults a year. Inter Press Service. 03 December 2008
Scientists: Longer allergy season may be linked to climate change. Still sneezing, even though it's December? You might be able to blame it on global warming. Allergists are looking at the possibility that global warming produces bigger ragweed plants that pump more pollen into the atmosphere. Dallas Morning News. 03 December 2008
Breathe deeply while you can. Air quality in Nova Scotia is increasingly in jeopardy because of climate change, scientists say. Halifax Chronicle Herald. 03 December 2008
Global warming has health toll, delegates warn. The American Medical Assocation warned that climate change could have dramatic public health consequences--causing heat waves, drought and flooding, cutting potable water supplies, displacing populations and spreading infectious diseases. American Medical News. 24 November 2008
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