Sunday, June 03, 2007


Climate change map

This map, which appeared in JAMA 296:8 and is found on, is supposed to show the possible hazards of global climate change. As you can see, it is Europe. According to the article, the summer of 2003 was the hottest in Europe in 500 years. It used to be very cold in Europe, and warm in Greenland (which is how it got its name).

But wait! The white areas showed no change and the blue areas were cooler, not warmer (the map here is small, but on the larger map, there are many white spaces). To my untrained eye, over half of Europe was cooler or unchanged in 2003. France, however, was very hot. This article was about how epidemiologists can get on the global bandwagon by researching microbial foodborne illnesses, diarrheal illnesses, changing disease patterns during El Nino warmings, incidences of tick borne illnesses due to milder winters, and waterbourne and foodborne illnesses all linked to weather disturbances. Also, more malaria, but then, that's been caused by well-meaning but deadly environmentalists who got DDT off the market so bird egss would be OK. "Think big," they are told. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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