Surprise: Zika Virus Linked To ‘Climate Change’

You just had to know that this was inevitable, right?

Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

The GOP has evolved (ironically, a process they would deny) to be the proud political party of anti-intellectualism, harking back to the Dark Ages with a never-ending campaign against evolution, tired rants denying the reality of climate change, and a medieval understanding of human reproduction.

That last part is surely about opposition to abortion on demand.

But sadly this anti-science bent is not restricted to right wing ideologues, but instead has also infected the far left. While manifesting itself with symptoms in different areas of science, the underlying disease is the same on both extreme left and right: ignorance of the scientific method and the reliance on faith over fact.

That part is about the anti-vaccination bend of people on the Left. I will say, it is a laugh-riot to see anyone who believes in anthropogenic climate change dare mention the use of the scientific method, something rarely used for AGW, and putting faith over fact. Anyhow, the whiny start of the screed is amusing, though almost immaterial to this

Why Zika now? As with the emergence of West Nile in the United States, we are witnessing the inevitable march north of tropical diseases as a direct result of a warming planet. The number of diseases coming our way, or already here, is as frightening as it is real. That climate change would impact the transmission of infectious and tropical diseases has long been predicted from the very first reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Those predictions are now our new reality.

Got that? Zika is linked, and, just to be clear, Jeff Schweitzer writes

Climate change is real and caused by human activity; consequently tropical maladies are moving north.

It sure seems as if someone is putting faith above fact, at least in terms of causation.

The rest is a continuous assault on people for not believing in AGW and those who are anti-vaxxers. Gotta say, he’s almost on the mark for these lefties (and some on the right and in the middle) who are against vaccination. As for ‘climate change’? You have to prove it with the scientific method and with hard and unchangeable facts and data. And stop taking on faith that everything is caused by or linked to ‘climate change’.

Now, I actually wrote this post back on January 28th, and thought I had posted it. Negative. Since that time, there have lots and lots of Warmists linking Zika to Hotcoldwetdry. Then there’s this

Concerns have been raised scientists could be to blame for the Zika virus outbreak after genetically modified insects were released into Brazil three years ago.

Didcot-based biotechnology company Oxitec worked on the same type of mosquito that carries the virus in 2012, engineering them to have offspring that die out before they can breed, reducing the population of disease-carrying bugs.

Some scientists questioned the wisdom of the plan at the time and it has led to critics claiming the modification could have sparked the current outbreak.

Huh. So maybe it really wasn’t ‘climate change’. Fortunately, scientists are looking to genetically modify more mosquitos to fight Zika.

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8 Responses to “Surprise: Zika Virus Linked To ‘Climate Change’”

  1. John says:

    Maybe it was THE PAUSE
    Mosquito born diseases are moving north
    Dengue fever and malaria are now in NJ
    Zika will follow

  2. david7134 says:

    The vector is the Andes mosquito. That type has been in the American South for hundreds of years. Note that yellow fever was a regular occurrence down here and almost everyone in the 30’s had malaria. Then came DDT and it all went away. Now, without satisfactory mosquito control, it is back.

    • John says:

      DDT was effective, now not do much
      Because of its overuse in agriculture all insects developed resistance
      It is still used in some countries for vector control but has largely been replaced by malathion

  3. Jeffery says:

    It seems a reasonable hypothesis that tropical diseases migrate as the Earth warms and the climates change. In the western hemisphere, Chikungunya, West Nile, Zika, Dengue are gradually advancing northward, e.g., Dengue in the southern US and West Nile and chikungunya to Europe. Coupled with increased rainfall and standing water it’s possible that global warming + El Nino is changing the distribution of disease vectors.

    The genus of mosquito in question is Aedes, not Andes.

  4. Jl says:

    “It seems a reasonable hypothesis..” Yes, it seems reasonable that everything is caused by “climate change”, said no one with a brain.

  5. Jeffery says:

    Most of the article was criticizing the wackadoodle anti-vaccine movement, not global warming.

    Of course Deniers deny that global warming causes shifts in the distribution flora and fauna, since many Deniers still deny the Earth is warming.

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