‘Extra 4.7 billion’ Could Face Malaria and Dengue Fever by 2100 without Climate Action

“Mosquito-borne viruses are already emerging in previously unaffected places”

“According to a study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the number of people living in places affected by the mosquito-borne viruses could rise to 8.4 billion by the year 2070 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to keep rising at current levels.

This worst-case scenario – based on temperatures rising by 3.7C compared to pre-industrial levels – would see an additional 4.7 billion people at risk of catching each of the diseases relative to the period 1970-1999, the researchers found.”

“According to their future population forecasts of 9.4 billion global inhabitants, this would mean that 89.3 per cent of the population will be liable to catch malaria by 2078, with a similar proportion placed at risk of dengue fever by 2080.”


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