Some mosquitoes already have resistance to the latest weapon against malaria

Cameroon study finds one malaria-carrying species can sometimes survive exposure to insecticide intended for spraying inside houses.

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Toxics

Florida plans to release 750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes

When the modified bugs reproduce with regular ones, their female offspring won’t survive. The result: a massive decline in the number of disease-carrying mosquitos. The risk: still up for debate.
www.theatlantic.com
Toxics

The worst animal in the world

Every year, as many as 400 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It wasn’t always so dangerous.
www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.
www.newscientist.com
Climate

Climate change may push Zika virus into southern and eastern Europe

Under the most drastic model of global warming, the risk of Zika transmission will increase over southern and eastern Europe, the northern US, northern China and southern Japan by 2080.

Toxics

Thomas E. Lovejoy: To prevent pandemics, stop disrespecting nature

A leading conservationist and biodiversity scholar, with decades of experience in the Amazon, reflects on the lessons of COVID-19.
www.bbc.com
Toxics

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential.
www.nationalgeographic.com
Justice

New vaccine for malaria

Children in Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana are receiving the first-ever vaccine, but it is unlikely to eradicate malaria on its own.
www.nytimes.com
Justice

Climate change and political chaos: A deadly mix in Honduras dengue epidemic

Rising temperatures are increasing the range of disease-bearing mosquitoes globally. But in Honduras, the effects are compounded by government dysfunction and criminal gangs.
Climate

Cambodian "bat man" bolsters the fight against dengue fever

Climate change puts over half the world's population at risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, and bats may be able to help.

www.nature.com
Toxics

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes get a leg up on insecticides

High SAP2 gene expression confers insecticide resistance in mosquitoes.
Toxics

A ‘pest hellhole': Inside Florida’s long, itchy war on mosquitoes

The pests delayed rocket launches, suffocated cattle and prompted one island postman to deliver mail in winter clothes.

crosscut.com
Toxics

To stop diseases like West Nile, WSU scientists are feeding blood to mosquitoes

Mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile lack vaccines. But Washington scientists think insulin could weaken these diseases in mosquitoes before they reach people.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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