Climate Change and Disease

In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease.

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Union of Concerned Scientists
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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What other factors beside climate change may impact and perhaps be more important in addressing diseases?

CDC web resource is authoritative and a good starting point.

Educators may want to teach critical web surfing skills as students branch out from here. Be cautious about not assuming a particular outcome or view on organisms and climate change as this is a very complex issue that is still under much debate within the scientific community.

Create additional structures for students as they research and listen to peer presentations perhaps using the three perspectives suggested.

A jigsaw approach might be effective when regrouping the students.

Epstein article, while older, is still very relevant.

You may want to link the IPCC projections with the knowledge students have gained about their organisms to show how future populations of organisms may change with climate change.

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