The Effects Of Climate Change On Development And The Spread Of Disease

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Human survival is dependent on myriad things, the first of which that come to mind are food, water and shelter. As the world has developed, the abundance of each of these has increased dramatically, especially in the developed world. However, along with this growing population and resource web has come a growing understanding of disease, and its impacts on the more-developed and less-developed parts of the world. Another effect of growing population is the concerning truth of climate change: changes in climate not only alter the environment, but can alter the range and distribution of diseases. Moreover, human population leads inherently to social networks and systems that can have significant impact on development and the spread of disease. These impacts can manifest as civil strife, or simply the unavoidable reality of proximity within a community. Lea Berrang-Ford, an Associate Professor at McGill University, has conducted numerous studies over the past approximately fifteen years that blend together the complex aspects of disease spread in general, choosing to focus mostly on African trypanosomiasis or “sleeping sickness”, and how climatic and social pressures affect the spread of disease. Her work also extends beyond her own research, into her classroom, and through her students, out into the world. Berrang-Ford earned her first degree, a BS in Environmental Geography, from the University of Guleph in 2000. She then went on to earn an MS in Environmental Change and
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