Mosquitoes: How Climate Change Increases Populations of the World’s Deadliest Animal

Between malaria and other diseases, mosquitoes cause 1 million human deaths per year. Could climate change make those numbers even worse?

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How do you feel after getting a mosquito bite?

Between malaria and a long list of other diseases, mosquitoes are responsible for a million global deaths per year, making mosquitoes the most deadly animal in the world. And due to climate change, among other factors, mosquito populations are on the rise. Today, we explore what threats mosquitoes present, why their populations are increasing, and what we might be able to do about it. With special guest Dr. Amanda Tokash-Peters: Assistant Professor of Biology at Centenary University.

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Writers: Haley Cronin, Ethan Brown
Fact Checker: Hallie Cordingley
Editor: Frank Hernandez
Producers: Olivia Amitay, Ethan Brown, Megan Crimmins, Shannon Damiano, Frank Hernandez, Dain Kim, Caroline Koehl
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Music: Brett Sawka


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