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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBERS 10-11, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1996
"Year of the Rat,"
H. Saul, New Scientist, pp. 32-37, Oct. 5, 1996.
The rats that brought the plague in the Middle Ages are still here, and so
are the diseases they carry. Many researchers believe that global warming will
fuel the spread of rodent-associated diseases.
Reefs," J.M. Nash, Time, pp. 60-62, Sep. 30, 1996.
Coral ecosystems are in desperate trouble all around the world from the
impacts of human activity. Global warming could contribute to episodes of
bleaching that have been observed over widespread regions of the Pacific and
Caribbean, and could add to the damage by triggering more intense hurricanes.
Cycles Follow Changes in Weather?" K.S. Brown, BioScience, pp.
479-481, July-Aug. 1996.
Explains concerns of researchers over global warming's effects on the
carriers of human illness. This concern, and recent epidemics like AIDS and
hantavirus, have prompted recent interest in surveillance for the rise of
previously unknown diseases and the return of old ones. The Program for
Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) brings experts together using the Internet
(World Wide Web: http://www.healthnet.org/promed.html.)
"Deserts on Our
Doorstep," F. Pearce, New Scientist, pp. 12-13, July 6, 1996.
A report completed for the European Commission concludes that climate change
is affecting Europe now, causing reduced rainfall and possibly the start of
desertification, with potentially devastating consequences for millions of
people. The five-year Medalus project, involving more than 40 European
scientists, was coordinated by John Thornes, a geographer at Kings College,
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