Hotcold Take: Your Carbon Footprint Makes Future Epidemics More Likely

Yup, this is all your fault. We all saw you use a hair dryer, drink non-Fair Trade coffee, drive a fossil fueled vehicle to work, and have an evil burger for lunch

The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics

A previously unknown strain of coronavirus has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and alarmed public health officials with its rapid spread and virulent nature. But it’s really no surprise to the scientists who study infectious disease: it’s just one of several pathogens that have the potential to reach calamitous status.

I have no evidence that climate change triggered this particular virus to jump from animals to humans at this particular time, or that a warmer planet has helped it spread. That said, it’s pretty clear that, broadly speaking, climate change is likely to lead to an uptick in future epidemics caused by viruses and other pathogens. Scientists have understood for decades that climate change would change the way diseases spread, but, as the planet warms, those hypotheses are being tested and scientists are learning in real time. There are many links between climate change and infectious diseases, but I’m going to focus on one particularly novel—and concerning—area of knowledge: how rising temperatures are making our natural immune systems less effective.

Seriously, everything after the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph is worthless, and the fable keeps going on and on and on. I’m thinking that people eating exotic meats with few safety standards could be a really bad thing

Scientists in China say the pangolin, a type of scaly anteater, could be a possible host for the coronavirus that has killed over 636 people and infected nearly 31,400 globally, according to a report by Reuters on Friday.

Reuters reported the genome sequence of the coronavirus strain taken from pangolins in the study was 99 percent identical to infected people, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.

Guess we can go back to eating bat now.

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12 Responses to “Hotcold Take: Your Carbon Footprint Makes Future Epidemics More Likely”

  1. John says:

    The typical American’s carbon footprint is 12 tons CO2 per year
    That can be offset for about 40 cents per day @ $8 per ton of CO2

    • Dana says:

      Let’s see, 40¢ per day, times 365 days per year — we get February 29th free! — equals $146 a year, to do absolutely nothing to actually reduce CO2 emissions, but to let the purchasers of such carbon offsets claim to not be hypocrites.

      Well, I can claim not to be a hypocrite about it because I never claim that I am doing anything about it — other than having installed a solar-and-wind powered clothes dryer, something which actually reduced our power consumption — and not waste $146 a year doing it.

      • Chumpchange says:


        John’s posts are full of deception. Buying offsets does ZERO……ZILCH to stop one molecule of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. It only taxes people whose money is then wasted on free travel and hookers in foreign motels by people who pretend to give a shit about the world dying due to a contrived AGW hoax.

        Charging you 200 dollars or 300 dollars or 400 dollars a year in AGW tax does NOTHING TO STOP CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

        It like charging an extra 50 bucks for a plane ticket. ZIP. Plane still flies and emitts CO2.

        TAXES are Spanish FLY to leftists. Its the only thing that gets them hard. I suppose if their girl friend charged them a tax they might start having kids again.

        Hey…Dont take me seriously leftist women. We dont need any more leftists in this world. Already got too many crazies running around.

    • Jl says:

      Thanks, John-pay money and it “offsets” absolutely nothing. Good job

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Also from Reuters article: “But Dirk Pfeiffer, professor of veterinary medicine at Hong Kong’s City University, cautioned that the study was still a long way from proving pangolins had transmitted the virus.

    “You can only draw more definitive conclusions if you compare prevalence (of the coronavirus) between different species based on representative samples, which these almost certainly are not,” he said.”

    So TEACH should hold off before resuming eating bats. Thorough cooking of your bat will reduce the likelihood of infection!

    • Bill589 says:

      Troll Elwood is here with his lies again. His words are worthless.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Bull589 thinks part of TEACHs link is correct but another part is a lie. His words are worthless and irrelevant.

  3. Chumpchange says:

    Most experts agree that they are hoping the WARMTH of summer will curtail this outbreak. Viruses you see do not like WARM WEATHER. Bacteria does like warmer weather and fortunately it is easier to deal with bacteria than a Virus. Not to mention black lights kill bacteria much easier than they do virus. Time to start buying stock in makers of black lights. I already have my supply stocked up. How about the rest of you?

    So the climate hysteria just latches on to anything and hopes the readers are stupid. They found the perfect group. I suppose that if Trump wanted to end the AGW hoax he could embrace it fully and begin trying to do something about it and then the left would be like….What a liar, AGW is fake. He is just making shit up!!!!!!.

    • Chumpchange says:

      Also, don’t get gouged trying to buy n95 masks. They do almost nothing. The only real benefit they have is keeping YOU>>>IF YOUR SICK from spreading the disease when you cough or talk.

      I would recommend a simple mask, Goggles and headphones to cover your ears IF<> you go out in public during an outbreak in your area. Any simple mask will help.

      Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until after you thoroughly wash your face. After going out in public wipe down your goggles and headphones with bleach. Dispose of your cheap and not price gouged mask.

      Black lights kill bacteria and many viruses. Build yourself a small plastic shelter with 3 blacklights. Step into the shelter, let it bombard you with a black light. Strip your clothes and drop into a bucket of bleach water and let the blacklight work on your skin. Exit the shelter put on clean and safe clothing and then resume contact with your family.

      THE above is in the case the pandemic becomes real in your town, it will also drastically reduce your chances of catching the flu while out in public and bringing it back to your children and family/friends.

      Simple but effective precautions will keep you safe.

      • Chumpchange says:

        I would further add that it is becoming clear that the ace2 of this virus loves people with high blood pressure, Diabetes and high cholestrol. What do those have in common? They are inflamatory conditions of the body. Reducing your inflamation will help you combat the virus should it strike which means keeping all 3 of those under control including taking anti-inflamation items over the counter.

        oily fish, such as tuna and salmon
        fruits, such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries
        vegetables, including kale, spinach, and broccoli
        nuts and seeds
        olives and olive oil

        The authors of a 2017 article also recommended the following:

        raw or moderately cooked vegetables
        legumes, such as lentils
        spices, such as ginger and turmeric
        probiotics and prebiotics
        some herbs

        I eat a lot of ginger and turmeric when I cook. Drink canada dry which has real ginger if your going to drink soft drinks. Tea. Is great in anti-oxidants as well has helps with inflamation.

        I eat a lot of tuna in water. Kale, brocoli and spinach in salads.

        In other words. There are things you can do to prepare your body to fight something like Cornoavirus if it strikes you. Remember 95-98 percent of people survive. Be one of those by fixing your diet now to help your body be prepared JUST IN CASE.

        Don’t be one of those guys begging the hospital to take you in when a 1000 peole want a 100 beds.

        • Chumpchange says:

          And while I am on a roll, remember once again that 95-98 percent survive this.

          Some other key tips to keep in mind. These are tips from professional doctors, from Mayo Clinic, CDC, WHO, etc. Not something I made up off the top of my head.

          Now from professional preppers. Do not try to ride out a pandemic alone, IF SOCIETY BEGINS BREAKING DOWN IN YOUR AREA.

          There is strength in numbers. Do not think you and your ak-47 can protect what you got alone when 2 or 3 dozen men and women desperate to possess what you own and are equally equipped can be fought off because you have the fortified position.

          They might simply decide to firebomb your home. If they can’t have it. Neither can you.

          There is strength in numbers. IF you live out in the woods, gather your family with you. Train them, to use your firearms to protect what is yours. This is only if SOCIETY BREAKS DOWN. People are now rioting in China because they are beginning to starve.

          The police will be sick as will the fire department. I cannot stress enough that if society breaks down, there is strength in numbers. I’m not talking about starting an armed gang. I am talking about having enough armed adults to dissuade and protect what is yours when the SHTF.

          I honestly do not expect it to get that bad in the USA BUT…A couple of doctors from the MAYO clinic were on the news the other night declaring this is already a pandemic and the cat is out of the bag. It’s only a matter of time. Start working for your alliances, be ready to work as a team to keep you/friends and family safe by working together and presenting a situation that will force roaming bands of desperate to move on.

    • Kye says:

      I love your idea Chumpchange. The best way to end this hoax is for Trump to come out saying he believes in it and will institute policies to deal with it. That would end that.

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