As Climate Change Intensifies, So Does the Need for Veterinarians

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
October 5, 2017

Diseases that spread from animals to humans are far more sensitive to changing climate patterns than animal- and human-only pathogens, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Liverpool.[1]

That means many of these diseases — referred to as zoonoses — will spread faster and farther in coming years. Veterinarians will play a crucial role in combatting these public health crises.

Zoonoses account for six in ten diseases, and nearly eight in ten emerging diseases.[2] The top 13 zoonotic diseases infect 2.4 billion people every year and kill 2.2 million annually.[3] Read More »

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Clean Air Is in Short Supply

By HSealy
September 5, 2017

The air we breathe is getting dirtier — and more dangerous. Air pollution already kills over two million people annually. Because of increasing pollution, an extra 60,000 people will die in 2030.[1]

Smog — a harmful mixture of pollutants emitted from vehicles and factories — will cause most of these deaths.[2][3] Curbing smog will require a global education campaign targeted at public health and medical professionals.

Smog aggravates the respiratory system.[4] With prolonged exposure, it can cause lung cancer.[5]

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It’s Hurricane Season. Small Coastal Nations Need Help.

By HSealy
August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on Texas. Meteorologists say the storm could swamp parts of the state with up to 30 inches of rain, causing mass flooding.[1]

Harvey is the first hurricane to hit the Lone Star State in nearly a decade. Small, coastal nations in the Atlantic haven’t been so lucky. In recent years, storms have repeatedly hammered these countries,[2] which lack the resources to predict, prepare for, and recover from natural disasters.[3]

Hurricanes will intensify in the coming years due to climate change. For years, developed nations have emitted huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, trapping in heat and creating the perfect environment for storm development. Read More »

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