Study: Where Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Will Go In The Future

This NPR article discusses just how far north mosquitoes could migrate because of climate change.

Based on estimates of future temperatures across the world, the authors of a study published this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases mapped where the mosquitoes that transmit diseases like dengue and Zika might travel if climate change continues unchecked.

Based on their worst-case scenario projections, the researchers believe as many as a billion people could be newly exposed to these illnesses within the century.

“We’re really worried about major urban centers in places like Europe, the United States and China especially,” says Colin Carlson, co-lead author of the study and postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University, who specializes in ecological modeling.

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