Climate Change and Animal Disease


More cheery news on the climate change front:

Climate change is widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans, the world’s top agency for animal health said on Monday.

The World Animal Health Organization—known as OIE, an acronym of its name in French—said a survey of 126 of its member-states found 71 percent were “extremely concerned” about the expected impact of climate change on animal disease.

Meanwhile, the idea of getting sixty votes in the United States Senate for something as ambitious as the Waxman-Markey bill—to say nothing of something that would be fully equal to the scale of the challenge—continues to seem fairly implausible. Vacation is fun, but reality is depressing.