Would ratification of the Kyoto Treaty on climate change help reduce incidences of malaria?  While some experts have made such far-reaching claims, others, like Dr. Paul Reiter of Paris’ Pasteur Institute believe this is preposterous.  Comments Reiter: “It is naive to attempt to predict the effects of ‘global warming’ on malaria on the mere basis of temperature.  The natural history of all the mosquito borne diseases is extraordinarily complex, and defies simple analysis. It is absurd to claim that reducing carbon emissions via the Kyoto Protocol will reduce the incidence of what many regard as ‘tropical’ diseases, and the models being used “are inappropriate for ‘predicting the impact of long-term climate change on transmission.”

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