As a microbiologist I’m a keen receiver of regular updates on things microbiological by way of ProMED emails (supported by the International Society for Infectious Disease and individual subscription). One of the more reliable (that is, not partially digested through reporters who have no scientific background) sources of information about microbiological diseases worldwide and issues related to same. You may care to have a read of this, entitled “Warm Water, Cold Reality.”
Increases in air and water temperatures are having profound effects on human, animal, and plant health. The WHO’s Western Pacific Region (WPRO) cites vulnerability assessments that anticipate climate change will increase the incidence of communicable vector-borne diseases. Increased ambient temperatures and humidity will alter vectors’ reproduction rates, biting behavior, and longevity and expand their distribution to new regions. WPRO cites a litany of diseases that potentially will be affected by climate change: malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya, West Nile virus, lymphatic filariasis, plague, tick borne diseases (including Lyme disease and rickettsioses), and schistosomiasis. Common in the developing countries of the global South, how soon will these diseases be challenging the health systems of the North?
Increasing temperatures will also affect what and how we eat. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that all aspects of food security are at risk. Climate change could alter how and where we grow crops, raise animals, and catch fish. It will also change what we know and how we deal with food safety issues. For example, oysters are enjoyed worldwide, but increasing water temperatures are increasing the prevalence of non-Cholera vibrios, bacteria that are a part of the natural flora of coastal marine environments globally. The microbes have been isolated from water, sediments, and seafood including shrimp, fish, clams, and oysters. Eating raw oysters is less appealing when you know that Vibrio vulnificus was found more frequently in the oysters (70 percent of those sampled) than in the seawater they came from (43 percent) (see reference).
Just several more reasons why I have deep concerns about Anthropogenic Global Warming and its potential effects.
Now back to unreality!! I had hoped that we’d have a stupidity respite period for the next six weeks, but alas, it was not to be! Our beloved Government provided some thirty-seven little snippets of Graphical Manipulative potential over the week. Given that this brain is severely taxed in the production of ten GMs, such overindulgent largesse was just a bit over the top! But at least there’s a couple that can be “held over” until next week. So here we go!
It was great to see the Prime Winky Dill and Peter (I’ll Get Ya Citizenship If Ya Don’t Watch Out) Dutton launch Australia’s very own “BORDER FORCE”. It took me back to the 50’s, and black and white TV, and puppets!
The Toads were mightily impressed with decision making processes which relied on speculative information which couldn’t be used to make sensible decisions but could be used to make policy decisions!
That Bloody Rat got off to a fine start with a bit of a chortle over Julie Bishop’s lack of concern as China indicated that coal wasn’t going to be “good” given it’s future emissions reduction plans.
He was pleased that Barnaby Joyce and our Prime Minister Rabbott were in to water infrastructure given Rats intense interest in sewers and sewerage systems.
And he was most impressed with Senator Eric Abetz’s erudition over the issues related to polyamory – something very close to Rat’s heart.
He was even more impressed with Barnaby Joyce when he showed that he knew that when the Master spoke the Minion must obey. Mightily impressed was Rat! Just the type of fellow that Rat would have – in a minion role of course!
The sheeple were somewhat bemused with the Q&A issue and wondered just what the fuss was all about. They wondered whether they should all jump when they went through an open gate.
And our Uhuh Rat though that Scotty Morrison was stretching the hypocritical credibility factor just a little too far with regard to fessing up! A little too much pot pretending shinyness whilst calling kettle black, eh Scotty?
And lo and behold not satisfied with winding down, having a bit of a rest and recreation and restoring that ebullient character, what does our Prime Winky Dill do? Off he goes and plays dress up and photo opportunity time. Dear. Oh Dear!!
Which left our erudite Rat pretty much at a loss for words, but he finally dug up something which he thought might fit the bill given the absence of tigers in the world of Australian politics.
And there you have it . . . . . . . .!
AFTERTHOUGHT: If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!
POSTSCRIPT: All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!