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Is Climate Change Aiding Spread Of Infectious Diseases?

Evening Edition

Above: Stanley Maloy, an SDSU professor of microbiology and dean of the College of Sciences, talks to KPBS about whether climate change is aiding the spread of infectious disease.

Aired 3/6/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Stanley Maloy, SDSU Professor of Microbiology and Dean, College of Sciences

Alan Sweedler, Director SDSU Center for Energy Studies and Environmental Sciences

Transcript

The latest research into climate change suggests that global warming may impact the spread of infectious diseases. The complex interconnection of how plants, animals and insects thrive on our planet is just beginning to be unraveled by scientists. But one thing that a warming planet will do is to change that balance, and may give rise to an alarming increase in infectious disease.

The Center For Ethics in Science and Technology is hosing the 2013 Silent Spring Series, which is commemorating Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring. This year the program includes a number of talks on global warming.

The Center is hosting it's fourth talk of the year Wednesday night at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. It features speaker Stanley Maloy, Dean of College of Sciences at SDSU, who will be tackling the connecting between global warming and infectious diseases.

"Climate change has a number of direct and indirect consequences, causing shifts in the natural habitats of animals and plants as well as the emergence and spread of many infectious diseases," he said.

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