Could the Spread of Tropical Diseases Make Global Warming Have More Urgency?

Upton Sinclair’s Jungle was intended to draw attention to the dirty and repressive conditions in the meat packing industry.

Reflecting on the storm over The Jungle, Upton Sinclair wrote that he was primarily moved by the condition of the workers, not the meat: “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”


Upton Sinclair. 1952. American Outpost: A Book of Reminiscences (NY): p. 175.


Similarly, chikungunya, a relative of dengue fever normally found in the Indian Ocean region, has migrated to Italy.


Rosenthal, Elisabeth. 2007. “As Earth Warms Up, Tropical Virus Moves to Italy.” New York Times (23 December).


Maybe this is the only way people will become serious.

1 comment so far

  1. Ned Kelly on

    It seems to me that most of the scientists can’t agree about anything on the subject. True or not, on my site I mention things you can do to help.

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