Matt\’s Cuppa

My take on tea, technology, and our environment

Global Warming And A Deadly Amoeba That Feeds On Your Brain

Posted by telecommatt on October 6, 2007

Rare but deadly amoeba infection hard to prevent –

The amoeba enters the human body through the nose. It then travels to the brain, where it begins to feed.

Just watched this story on CNN mobile. This is scary stuff! I’ve been swimming in freshwater lakes all my life without a care in the world. You don’t think about these things when you’re 12 years old.

The reason this caught my attention, besides the fact that it’s sad, is that it ties in directly with climate change. These amoebas multiply in shallow water that is above eighty degrees (F). With warming temperatures and incidents of drought increasing, these are dangers that we need to be aware of, especially when it comes to our children. It’s been suggested that hotter summer temperatures and lower water levels this year meant that more people were kicking up the sediment where these little beasties lived.

It doesn’t matter how passionate you are or are not about our contribution to global warming; when it comes to the safety of our children, we’re all on the same side. These are dangers that we’re not used to dealing with in America. We need to open a national dialogue these and other threats we are likely to face because of current and factual changes we are seeing in the environment. Who can you talk to?

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