January 9, 2005

MALARIABLOGGING: I’ve been writing about malaria and DDT on InstaPundit since the beginning. So I should mention this column by Nick Kristof in which he calls for a return to DDT:

Mosquitoes kill 20 times more people each year than the tsunami did, and in the long war between humans and mosquitoes it looks as if mosquitoes are winning.

One reason is that the U.S. and other rich countries are siding with the mosquitoes against the world’s poor – by opposing the use of DDT.

“It’s a colossal tragedy,” says Donald Roberts, a professor of tropical public health at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “And it’s embroiled in environmental politics and incompetent bureaucracies.”

Indeed.

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