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Climate change is shifting the ways that diseases impact humanity. In short, there could be more disease outbreaks in more places as mosquitos, ticks, and other vectors shift location and numbers in a changed climate. Waterborne diseases can also increase due to higher temperatures and increased flooding. Learn more, and what we can do!

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More ticks that carry disease.

More mosquitos that carry disease. More of those gross things surviving and reproducing in more places.

More human contact with animals that carry pathogens we've never come into contact with before. More contaminated water. More diarrheal disease.

What's with this list of things that sound like completely undesirable additions to our lives? Because they all have one common denominator. Cimate change.

I know it's a tough pill to swallow after a global pandemic, but all of these things are already happening and increasing as the planet warms. But wait! Before you click away in despair, knowledge is power!

We can do stuff! If we want fewer pathogens, from bugs and animals and water (I can sssure you that we do want less of those things), We can face climate change head-on by doing stuff like adapting our infrastructure, regulating deforestation, and being more environmentally thoughtful in our policy making. Put your thinking caps on.

There's work to do.