Claim: Global warming will unleash Deadly Swarms of Giant Arctic Mosquitoes

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Royal Society has published a study which claims that global warming will unleash deadly swarms of giant arctic mosquitoes.

According to the Royal Society;

Abstract

Climate change is altering environmental temperature, a factor that influences ectothermic organisms by controlling rates of physiological processes. Demographic effects of warming, however, are determined by the expression of these physiological effects through predator–prey and other species interactions. Using field observations and controlled experiments, we measured how increasing temperatures in the Arctic affected development rates and mortality rates (from predation) of immature Arctic mosquitoes in western Greenland. We then developed and parametrized a demographic model to evaluate how temperature affects survival of mosquitoes from the immature to the adult stage. Our studies showed that warming increased development rate of immature mosquitoes (Q10 = 2.8) but also increased daily mortality from increased predation rates by a dytiscid beetle (Q10 = 1.2–1.5). Despite increased daily mortality, the model indicated that faster development and fewer days exposed to predators resulted in an increased probability of mosquito survival to the adult stage. Warming also advanced mosquito phenology, bringing mosquitoes into phenological synchrony with caribou. Increases in biting pests will have negative consequences for caribou and their role as a subsistence resource for local communities. Generalizable frameworks that account for multiple effects of temperature are needed to understand how climate change impacts coupled human–natural systems.

Read more: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1815/20151549

Just one question – if a few degrees of global warming has the potential to turn Arctic mosquitoes into a B-grade horror movie nightmare, why isn’t this already happening in the slightly warmer Subarctic?

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128 thoughts on “Claim: Global warming will unleash Deadly Swarms of Giant Arctic Mosquitoes

  1. The greenie beenies are soooo confused. I thought that wanted to unless lots of desease and death on the poor so as to wipe them out and reduce world population.

  2. I am surprised they didn’t throw malaria into the pot with it, although I think that is implied by association. Prof Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on such vector borne diseases, has put that to the sword several years ago. My ancient brain will try to hunt down his testimony to the HoL a few tears back.

    • Alan the Brit,
      The first thing I noticed was the model. The abstract mentions predation by dytiscid beetles, so I said to myself surely the beetles will keep them in check (nature at work?). They said not really because of their model. Eric Worrall rightly asks why isn’t it happening now? Could it be due to the beetles? But they say:

      Using field observations and controlled experiments, we measured how increasing temperatures in the Arctic affected development rates and mortality rates (from predation) of immature Arctic mosquitoes in western Greenland. We then developed and parametrized a demographic model to evaluate how temperature affects survival of mosquitoes from the immature to the adult stage….

      Why didn’t they stick with the observations and controlled experiments?
      You mention no mention of malaria. I think they are referring to the point that the mosquitoes can suck up to 300 ml of blood per day from each animal in a caribou herd. I note that Malaria was widespread in the Little Ice Age in countries like Canada, England, Russia and parts of the Arctic circle.
      At this point I don’t know what else to say.

      Abstract – 2010
      Climate change and the global malaria recession
      “…observed decreasing global trends in both its endemicity and geographic extent. Second, the proposed future effects of rising temperatures on endemicity are at least one order of magnitude smaller than changes observed since about 1900 and up to two orders of magnitude smaller than those that can be achieved by the effective scale-up of key control measures. Predictions of an intensification of malaria in a warmer world, based on extrapolated empirical relationships or biological mechanisms, must be set against a context of a century of warming that has seen marked global declines in the disease and a substantial weakening of the global correlation between malaria endemicity and climate.”
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature09098

      • The old English word for malaria is the ague, which is mentioned in the works of Shakespeare a dozen times or so, & yes the worst outbreak was in Arkangel, in the Arctic Circle!

      • I was kind of hoping it was a 300 ml mosquito. They get pretty big in the Dakotas and in Minnesota but we can’t quite hunt them with number 8 bird shot. Kind of fun to blast a mosquito with 300 ml of blood. Imagine the splash. Make a great video.

      • Malaria is eliminated, like many diseases, by cultural controls here in the US.
        It was not the weather during the LIA that made these diseases exist here, and it is not the weather that eliminated them.
        Screens on windows, and people in general protecting themselves, mosquito control programs, all work to keep the plasmodium from existing in this country.
        Other vector borne diseases have been introduced into the US by travellers and stowaway mosquito’s, but have rarely spread.
        Mosquito’s do not cause malaria, they can only spread it.

      • Here is some information on malaria in past times. DDT, timely medication drainage, window screens etc eradicated it from the USA, Europe and other countries.

        Abstract
        From Shakespeare to Defoe: malaria in England in the Little Ice Age.
        “Until the second half of the 20th century, malaria was endemic and widespread in many temperate regions, with major epidemics as far north as the Arctic Circle. From 1564 to the 1730s the coldest period of the Little Ice Age malaria was an important cause of illness and death in several parts of England.”
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2627969/
        Abstract
        Global warming and malaria: knowing the horse before hitching the cart
        “….from Poland to eastern Siberia, major epidemics occurred throughout the 19th century and the disease remained one of the principal public health problems for the entire first half of the 20th century…..Tens of thousands of infections, many caused by P. falciparum, occurred as far north as the Arctic seaport of Arkhangelsk (61° 30’N)….”
        doi:10.1186/1475-2875-7-S1-S3
        Abstract – [1999]
        The return of swamp fever: malaria in Canadians
        Malaria is an old Canadian disease. It was an important cause of illness and death in the past century in Upper and Lower Canada and outinto the Prairies. 1,2 During the period 1826–1832, malaria epidemics halted the construction of the Rideau Canal be-tween Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., during several consecu-tive summers, with infection rates of up to 60% and death rates of 4% among the labourers.
        ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1229992/
        Abstract
        Endemic malaria: an ‘indoor’ disease in northern Europe. Historical data analysed
        “A total of 1,803 persons died of malaria in the western parts of Finland and in the south-western archipelago during the years 1751–1773 [23]. Haartman [21] reports severe epidemics in the region of Turku in the years 1774–1777 and the physician F.W. Radloff mentioned that malaria was very common in the Aland Islands in 1795 [39].”
        Huldén et al – 2005 Malaria Journal
        http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-4-19
        Abstract
        Anopheles (Diptera: Culicidae) and malaria in northern Europe, with special reference to Sweden
        ….An. messeae was probably the principal vector during the malaria epidemics in Sweden….
        ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/jme/1986/00000023/00000001/art00009
        Abstract
        Insect Pests in northern Norway. The Mosquito Nuisance.
        …Brief reference is made to insect-borne diseases, and it is pointed out that malaria was widespread in Sweden and Finland early in the nineteenth century, and though no records have been found from Norway, species of Anopheles occur there….
        cabdirect.org/abstracts/19412900788.html
        Abstract
        Malaria in Norway–a tropical disease off the track?
        …efforts to find the reasons for the appearance and disappearance of a disease. It is well known that malaria was common on the European continent, but it is less well known that malaria also existed in Norway during the 19th century…
        ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7825149
        Abstract
        Malaria Around the North Sea: A Survey
        Malaria may have been introduced into the North Sea Basin in late Antiquity. It has been endemic at least since the 7th century, but its high-days were the Little Ice Age…. The rise and fall of malaria took place largely independent of long-term climatic change.
        10.1007/978-3-662-04965-5_21
        Abstract [1916]
        Malaria as a public health and economic problem in the United States
        Malaria constitutes one of the big national health problems, and because it is a common disease, it receives less consideration than many other diseases less destructive…
        doi: 10.2105/AJPH.6.12.1290
        Abstract
        Malaria in Poland
        Abstract
        Malaria epidemiological situation in Poland since nineteenth century to 1995 has been described. The changes observed during this period are enormous. Poland has been transformed from endemic country with huge epidemics into the country with sporadic imported malaria cases.
        ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9333849
        Abstract [1977]
        Malaria eradication in Portugal
        Research on malaria, which was endemic in several parts of Portugal at the beginning of this century, was intensified in the 1940’s and led to the development of better control methods, especially in the rice-growing areas of the country. In the 1950’s residual DDT spraying was introduced…….The country was placed in the maintenance phase of malaria eradication and the certification of malaria eradication was confirmed by the WHO in 1973.
        [Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Volume 71, Issue 3, 1977, Pages 232–240]
        doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/0035-9203(77)90014-1
        ———————
        Review article
        Global Warming and Infectious Disease
        In modern times, we tend to think of malaria as a tropical disease. However, malaria has existed in many temperate areas of the world (30). Outbreaks have occurred as far north as the Arctic Circle and the disease has flourished in much of Europe and North America….. In Europe, cases of malaria persisted throughout the Little Ice Age, a period of intensely cold winters and cool summers that began in 1564…..
        Archives of Medical Research – Volume 36, Issue 6, November–December 2005, Pages 689–696
        Infectious Diseases: Revisiting Past Problems and Addressing Future Challenges

      • a century of warming that has seen marked global declines in the disease
        ===================
        which proves that global warming reduces malaria.

      • A major control mechanism for mozzies is fish. IF you have a bog full of mozzies put in a few fish. Minnows and goldfish are fine. They have to be able to survive the winter of course, either frozen solid or in deep pools. At the moment that is a problem.
        A second control is frogs. There are nearly no frogs north of Arctic Red. I heard one in Inuvik once and asked about it. It had apparently hitched a ride on a flat bed from Arctic Red. It was a Leopard Frog which can survive being frozen solid. It lived, croaking out its call sign, for 4 years total before it went ‘silent key’.
        As the Arctic warms, leopard frogs will invade the area and breed like crazy, eating most of the mosquitoes and black flies that currently make the north a living hell in summer. The mosquitoes in Yellowknife move in huge concentrated clouds that shade the ground and darken the sun.
        Because it is so cold, there are no bees. Mosquitoes are the pollinators. They are so big they have landing lights and pontoons for water landings. If you slap one you have to get a towel. If it would please warm up a lot more, the mozzies would be chased north by very fat frogs.

    • So the moose hunter out in the Alaskan wilderness, hears this terrific buzzing sound outside his pup tent.
      Then the flap rips open and a couple of foot long mosquitos fly in and buzz around his sleeping bag.
      ” Shall we eat him here or just take him back with us and eat him later ? ”
      “” We better eat him here, because if we take him back with us the big guys will just take him off us ! ”
      So earth to Royal Society; why don’t those giant killer mosquitos just come on down here where it is nice and toasty, instead of waiting for it to warm up, up there ??
      g

    • Sadly the IPCC put Reiter to the sword has well , they like their ‘experts’ to produce the ‘right results ‘not the factually accurate ones.

  3. “We then developed and parametrized a demographic model to evaluate how temperature affects survival of mosquitoes from the immature to the adult stage.”
    The unknown unknowns, or the sort of known unknowns?

    • Or the completely made-up unknowns.
      Actually I stopped paying attention at the word “model”. No ground truthing, no actual science going on.

      • I stopped as well but we have to be careful. There are times models are needed if not necessary. To keep on bashing them can be foolhardy. And as you said as long as they are paired with actual science there should be nothing wrong with them.

    • Aye!
      Or as most people who state it; “We played ‘what if’ using fantasy and wishes to replace reality.” “That way, our most feared disasters develop in just the way we want it.”
      “97% of urbanites fear clouds of mosquitos! Let’s build a model that proves mosquitos ate the caribou.” /sarc, maybe

    • And totally ignoring amongst the known unknowns that the predator beetles are also likely to prosper with increasing temperature

      • Around here the wild turkey population is suffering because of the vengeful return of the mosquito’s cousin, the Simulium meridionale, or Turkey Gnat (aka Black Fly, Buffalo Gnat). These dudes have a toxin that causes anaphylaxis and can kill large animals. They bite around the head of any animal.
        http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Turkey-Gnat_vq675.htm
        Ironically, they were almost wiped out by polluted streams and warming, needing cold, clean flowing water to breed. Our sparkling creek that stays cold well into June has made them flourish, to the dismay of all.
        I also skim 30 to 50 mosquito egg cases off my horse watering trough every morning.

      • Nice thought, Gary, but we run 30 gallons of chlorinated water into it every day and use Scope mouthwash to scrub the tub on a weekly basis, as hoses love to put mud, grain and hay into the water. I have thought about trying to find Mosquitofish from a local pond to transfer to mine (1 acre) by asking around. I have many Bass and oversized Bluegill who might make buying Mosquitofish them impractical.

      • Mosquito fish escaped (overflowed) from a nearby constructed pond system (in the neighboring gated community) into the adjacent drainage canal … water six feet wide and 24″ deep (avg). I counted an average of 150 of the little fish per foot in five or six locations; about 100,000 of them over the 1200 foot reach of the canal/ditch. They are very prolific fish.
        Never any mosquitos as I walk along the path adjacent to the canal.

  4. “Warming also advanced mosquito phenology, bringing mosquitoes into phenological synchrony with caribou. ”
    I would have thought that would be constantly happening in any case as a consequence of changing weather patterns.
    I notice that while the above quote refers to “climate change”, it doesn’t say “man made”.
    On a slightly different topic, the BBC had an item on how there would be more, and larger spiders in our homes this autumn, as a result of “the fine weather throughout the summer”.
    Apparently it was based on this report by the University of Gloucestershire.
    http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Big-year-spiders-says-University-Gloucestershire/story-27811579-detail/story.html

    • What fine weather – to quote the met office report
      “Using provisional figures up to August 26 and then assuming average conditions for the final few days of the month, Met Office statistics show the UK mean temperature for this summer will be around 14C. This is 0.4C below the long-term average.
      “Rainfall overall is slightly higher than average, with the UK so far having seen 271mm of rain, which is 13 per cent above the long-term average.”

      • Yes I noticed that, according to my family back home this has been an awful Summer!
        Still, don’t let the facts get in the way of a ‘good’ theory!

  5. The competition for the most ludicrous alarmist story is clearly in full swing in advance of Paris in December. Expect even more ridiculous nonsense in the next 2 months.

  6. The whole of Finland, and areas of Russia near Arctic Circle, are of same temperature as (19)-30’s.After late -30’s temperature dropped, and from about -60’s it rose back to the same or even less.Easy to check from Finnish pages of FMI.So,warming of the arctic is mostly science fiction.

  7. I ran across this the other day off Eureka Alert and it seemed that the “research” opinionation came out of Dartmouth, formerly in the Ivy League, and now cherished club member for deploying sustainability scares upon children for massive tuition, room, & board fees –
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/dc-amt090915.php
    Question – since we have not yet turned all of our money over to BO, BS, Hillary, mother of Dennis Rodman, for how long after “graduation” will all these post-docs be living in their parents’ basements?

  8. Just one question – if a few degrees of global warming has the potential to turn Arctic mosquitoes into a B-grade horror movie nightmare, why isn’t this already happening in the slightly warmer Subarctic?

    Apparently, you haven’t ever been fishing in Canada, Eric.
    If the local hospital runs out of blood, they just trap and tap a mosquito to get by until some blood donors can make it in.

      • Since H.R. brings up the subject of Canadian mosquitoes and Eric brings up a swamp …..

        Paper – [1999]
        Malaria is an old Canadian disease. It was an important cause of illness and death in the past century in Upper and Lower Canada and outinto the Prairies. 1,2 During the period 1826–1832, malaria epidemics halted the construction of the Rideau Canal be-tween Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., during several consecu-tive summers, with infection rates of up to 60% and death rates of 4% among the labourers……
        Indigenous malaria gradually disappeared early this century for a variety of reasons, including decreasing malaria in Europe, destruction of Anopheles breeding sites, use of window screens and more rapid treatment of febrile cases before the malaria parasite reached the mosquito-infecting, gametocyte stage….
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1229992/pdf/cmaj_160_2_211.pdf

      • Whilst living in New Orleans I stored and launched a boat from a place with the unlikely Cajun name Yscloskey deep in the Saint Bernard bayous, (think marsh with lots of tidal channels).
        My boat was kept in a grassy lot carved out of marsh grass on oyster shells. Any time spent hitching or unhitching the boat required advance preparation and maximum movement speed, all while not breathing through one’s mouth.
        If rapid enough, one loses less than a pint of blood. If careful enough, one doesn’t choke on inhaled mosquitos.
        A raccoon I saw there once was the scrawniest most anemic raccoon ever. I threw a hardhead catfish (Cajun trash fish) near the raccoon and watched it pounce on the catfish and drag it off into the marsh.
        Anywhere that fosters clouds of mosquitos, (Arctic, sub-Arctic, Canada, swamps, Siberia, Alaska, South America, Africa, South East Asia, or pretty much anywhere where man isn’t using mosquito controls), so thick that breathing is very difficult, deserves caution.
        However, I doubt that a few degrees temperature change anywhere can manage to make mosquitos worse than they really are. Perhaps the researchers above, closeted in their pristine cubicles, have any clue to reality.

      • In addition to DDT (which we can’t use) draining the swamps (which we cannot do) was effective mosquito control.

    • Luckily the giant leeches that will evolve (or at least a model of them will, perhaps in The Guardian?) will hunt the mozzies for the blood and will control them!

    • I had remembered a story about an early settler in the west being bitten to death by a swarm of mosquitos. I couldn’t find it on-line but I did find this:

      J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1981 Dec 15;179(12):1397-400.
      Fatal exsanguination of cattle attributed to an attack of salt marsh mosquitoes (Aedes sollicitans).
      Abbitt B, Abbitt LG.
      link

      “Fatal exsanguination” = death due to blood loss

  9. Mosquitos are very bad in subarctic areas (much less so in the true Arctic). Northern Scandinavia and Siberia are worst, though parts of Canada are almost as bad.
    If climate grows warmer I would expect the worst zone to move north away from inhabited areas. By the way Iceland is OK. No mosquitos have managed to get there.

  10. Waste of space. Meanwhile, others are doing useful work:
    http://goo.gl/fTrTRp
    Look like the Eliminate Dengue project had paid off. The project has established naturally occurring wolbachia bacteria, which stops dengue transmission, within local ­dengue-carrying aedes aegypti mosquito populations. Thousands of Townsville residents did their bit to help the team.
    The Eliminate Dengue ­research program has been tripled in Cairns, Vietnam and Indonesia, and is looking to carry out further trials in Colombia and Brazil.

  11. *Just one question – if a few degrees of global warming has the potential to turn Arctic mosquitoes into a B-grade horror movie nightmare, why isn’t this already happening in the slightly warmer Subarctic?*
    Good point Eric, to which I would like to add why are none of the horror shows the warmists take great delight in telling us about, not taking place NOW in some parts of the world.It is strange that these are all future events?
    They have missed their big chance on one current problem; aren’t the people fleeing from Syria and Africa into Europe, doing so because of climate change? Off topic, my opinion is that a high proportion of these “refugees” are in fact terrorists. Trojan Horse is the phrase that springs to mind!

  12. I have a model which clearly shows that as more environmentalists get provided with government funds, their numbers increase and the alarmism of their predictions diminishes phenomenally.
    It has proved remarkably accurate in hindcasts, and I am now waiting for a fat government grant to publish it…

  13. Whoops – I find that my sums are wrong. It should have read ‘increases’ rather than ‘diminishes’…
    But, hey, that’s good enough for climate science. Simply reverse the sign…

  14. It seems like the headline for practically every new academic paper from the Warmists reads like a line from the movie Idiocracy.

    • The difference being that no one shows up at your door with a gun to take your house if you choose not to pay to see a movie. Now even the Royal Society is giddy with taxpayer money.
      https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/royal-society-funding/

      Despite repeated claims that the Society is independent of government, the reality is rather different. Although the fellows still have to pay subscriptions to the Society, the total raised in this way is dwarfed by sums routed through the Society by government – recently of the order of £40–50m per annum. Although much of this sum passes through the Society to grant recipients, £2.4m per year remains within the Society itself, supporting the salaries of administrative staff. This figure represents over 40% of the unrestricted funds of the Society.

    • Which is just as well, since nobody believes it anyway. In fact, they don’t even READ it.
      I’ve asked various friends and relatives how much attention they pay to “climate change.” Answer was, across the board, NONE AT ALL. It’s joined the part of the noise machine that warns you that death is a side effect of pills for restless leg syndrome.

  15. So nobody is paying attention to the polar bear dying off drivel. If they published stories about the artic mosquito dying off, they’d hear cheers. So the mosquito has to try something different to finally get peoples attention.
    As a society we’re getting dumber, but as a whole we’re not quite that dumb yet….

  16. Maybe those mosquitos will drive out all the damnable blackflies that make up about 80% of the arctic biomass. Blackfly, the little blackfly, pickin’ at my bones until I die….

    • YES. It is ridiculously easy to stop breathing in mosquitos, they are big and buzz and waving one’s hand works wonders. But black flies are tiny, microscopic. Even a veil struggles to keep these buggers out. They also fly into one’s eyeballs and they drive livestock nuts.

    • The Global Swarming will happen in Paris. Cut off their funding and maybe like most swarms of buzzing insects, they’ll die a natural death over the winter . . .

  17. Well, let’s get them to join our Butte County Mosquito and Vector Abatement District, help us pay the director’s $100,000-plus salary and benefits!

    • Berényi Péter, I’ve never been to Greenland but I’ve spent a good deal of time in northern Canada and talked to a lot of people who live there. There has undoubtedly been warming in the period from the 1980s to about 2000, but it appears (anectdotally) to be almost entirely due to winters being less cold. Summer temperatures have stayed more or less as they have been for many decades. This is the problem with using “average annual temperatures” in a region where annual ranges are from -50°C to +30°C – it hides any seasonal trends. In fact, those temperature variations in your graph might well be caused by no change at all in temperature ranges, but winters being a few days shorter and summers a few days longer, and vice versa. Such is the magic of averaging it hides most of the things that you need to know. And the mosquitoes were just as horrible (and just as big) in the “colder” 1980s as they are now.
      On a similar theme, warmers talking about warming, pay no attention to how “global average” temperatures conceal variations between seasons and at different latitudes. “Global average temperature” (adjusted or not) tells you absolutely nothing about how temperatures vary diurnally, seasonally, spatially, and let’s not forget variations in altitude.
      The 300 ml of blood in a day story is probably very true. On a windless, warm day on the tundra (of which there are about 5 in an average summer in Nunavut) I can recall taking photos of my bare hand covered with literally hundreds, perhaps a thousand, mosquitoes. Most people find working outside without a head net intolerable. And you can see caribou tiring themselves out running, just to stay away from the clouds of mosquitoes that surround them.

  18. Note to Royal Soshulists: I worked in Yukon for several years back in the late 60s to 1970 and mosquitoes had alrealdy been brought “into phenological synchrony with caribou” and exploration geologists. Up there they used to call it the Yukon Air Show. Actually, having worked in northern BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador (these three words are the actual name of the province), I have to admit the Air Show didn’t compare with the taiga spectacle, and possibly north of Lake Superior may hold some kind of global record.
    The worst aren’t the mosquitos. They get a parasite in August in northern Canada – a few tiny scarlet spots that magnified, looks arachnid-like (spider-like). I’ve tried to find reference without success and wonder if I discovered this? Surely not likely, but I have a penchant for examining my surroundings in detail with a geologist’s hand lens to see what makes things tick. I’ve often lay down on an outcrop with my lens to examine details of a rock outcrop. The late season mosquitoes get weak and listless and seem to become a much lighter brown. They are only bad for about a month -mid june to mid july and then taper off with the parasite I mentioned and the arrival of dragon flies etc.
    The black flies are a quantum worse than mosquitoes. These meaty little bugs are legendary in the northern region – a clever acquaintance of mine (he became a federal deputy minister of mines) wrote an autobiography “From black flies and mosquitoes to black ties and tuxedos”. The flies don’t use a syringe, they actually bite with a pair of pincers. The big flies “moose flies” and the deer fly (a delta wing brown spotted medium fly with big green eyes) are more annoying with their orbital swings around your head. The warble flies go into the fur of caribou and lay eggs on the skin which the larva penetrate and winter over while they develop. Inuit skinning caribou take these “knots” out of the hides and eat them – very nutritious!
    Hard to alarm me about a few northern mosquitoes. My first born at one year contracted malaria in Nigeria – that was scary.

    • Yes, the black flies are by far the most annoying mainly due to their tiny size and their desire to go up your nose and into your eyeballs. Yes, a fine mesh veil is the only way to stop them and their bites really hurt.

  19. Easy, Bring back DDT. I have long believed that the first sign of sanity in the world will be when I can buy DDT, either liquid or solid again.

  20. Florida here…
    We’ve got mosquitoes of all sizes; from so small they’re just a blur before they bite, all the way up to the really big ones. We call them ‘swamp mosquitoes”

  21. Manmade Global Warming:
    Why is it that the things that will thrive are things we hate – mosquitoes, hurricanes, bad breath,
    but the things that will disappear are things we like – wine grapes, cocoa beans, coffee beans, mild summer evenings?

  22. The Royal Society is the Climate Hysterics’ Shill
    The Royal Society used to be the gold standard of scientific objectivity. Yet in December 2014 it issued a report on resilience to extreme weather that, in its 100-plus pages, could find room for not a single graph to show recent trends in extreme weather. That is because no such graph shows an upward trend in global frequency of droughts, storms or floods. The report did find room for a graph showing the rising cost of damage by extreme weather, which is a function of the increased value of insured property, not a measure of weather.
    The Royal Society report also carefully omitted what is perhaps the most telling of all statistics about extreme weather: the plummeting death toll. The global probability of being killed by a drought, flood or storm is down by 98% since the 1920s and has never been lower — not because weather is less dangerous but because of improvements in transport, trade, infrastructure, aid and communication.
    The Royal Society’s decision to cherry-pick its way past such data would be less worrying if its president, Sir Paul Nurse, had not gone on the record as highly partisan on the subject of climate science. He called for those who disagree with him to be “crushed and buried” – hardly the language of Galileo.
    In September 2014 Sir Paul Nurse (a geneticist by the way, not a climate scientist) said: “We need to be aware of those who mix up science, based on evidence and rationality, with politics and ideology, where opinion, rhetoric and tradition hold more sway. We need to be aware of political or ideological lobbyists who do not respect science, cherry-picking data or argument, to support their predetermined positions.”
    If he wishes to be consistent, he will therefore condemn the behaviour of the scientists over, amongst other things, neonicotinoids and the WMO over temperature records, and chastise his colleagues’ report, for these are prime examples of his point.
    I am not hopeful. When a similar scandal blew up in 2009 over the hiding of inconvenient data that appeared to discredit the validity of proxies for past global temperatures based on tree rings (part of “Climategate”), the scientific establishment closed ranks and tried to pretend it did not matter. Now a further installment of that story has come to light, showing that yet more inconvenient data (which discredit bristle-cone pine tree rings as temperature proxies) had emerged.

  23. To be fair, Murmansk had a huge malaria epidemic in the 1920s. For those of you whose Geography is a bit spotty, that’s on the northern coast of Russia.
    Mosquitos, like malaria, were never just confined to the tropics – ask a Shakespeare fan what the ague was.
    Pointman

    • Nothing to worry about. Mosquitoes are attracted to CO2. By the time CO2 (man-made, of course) levels rise enough to raise the temperatures in the Arctic enough to melt all the ice and release the meglasquitoes from their frozen tombs, all you’d need to to avoid them is stand still and hold your breathe when you hear the mega-buzzing. You’d blend right in to the background CO2.
      (That or move close to a coal-fired power plant.)

      • Of course, the stacks on the plant would have CO2 lasers mounted on them. For even more protection they could put up some wind turbines. Useless for reliable energy but they might make good meglasquito swatters.

  24. I live on one of hong Kong’s outlying islands and we have big and little black bastard mosquitoes. As a subjective observation I have noticed that during the summer with temperatures around 30-35C the mosquitoes seem to aestivate. But, as soon as the temperature drops below about 25C they become a menace.

  25. It should be very easy to verify this claim. Just go south until you reach the temperature that you think is the magical number, and make some observations. That is if your science allows observations instead of computer models.

  26. I thought getting warmer was supposed to drive all animals further north, now they are telling us that getting warmer will enable this mosquito to live further south?
    Does anyone check for internal consistency anymore?

  27. It’s my understanding the mosquitoes have ALWAYS been deadly in the Arctic and surrounding areas. There’s a sub-arctic region of Siberia where the Ket people live. Their language still has links to Native American tribes in Alaska, even though they’ve been isolated for centuries because the mosquitoes are so bad that reindeer travel was impossible. They survived by adapting to what they called the “month of mosquitoes” (July) by living on boats out in the river, and hunted and fished instead of raising reindeer. They are STILL pretty isolated, as there are no roads into the area because few people want to live there.
    http://www.gi.alaska.edu/alaska-science-forum/language-link-between-central-siberia-and-alaska

  28. Ok….I can understand larger “Giant” swarms of mosquitos, but where does it say the mosquitos themselves will be “giant”?

    • Give them time. I’m sure they’ll come up with a model that says they will even bigger than those prehistoric dragonflies that had 2 foot wingspans.

  29. Off topic but has anyone else noticed that latest topic about a brit lawyer who wants the International court to rule on the “science” of climate change is not taking comments and the script to WUWT is freezing and acting up more than usual?

    • My uncle Sven kept one as a pet. Most of the time It was fairly docile, and even responsive to voice. One night it chewed through its chain and escaped out the window.

      • But seriously, the mosquitos I encountered in Alaska, off the coast, were tiny little things with giant, seemingly iron, proboscises (proboscis ?). The could penetrate through cotton shirts or blue jeans.

  30. As a traveler to Alaska many times, let me assure you that those d*mn mosquitoes are already “giant” and so are the swarms thereof. The joke is that the mosquito is Alaska’s state bird.

  31. One night during the wet season we were slathered in repellant so strong our skin burned. Still, the mosquitos were so thick our RTO pulled out his 45 threatening to blast em away. Vietnam 1970.

    • siamiam
      The people who trekked through northern Siberia looking for evidence of the Tunguska explosion fought months of mosquitoes. Some of them, at least, had the nets and head-covering hat cloths, but I wonder how many USSR/Tsar GULAG prisoners suffered for years with no protection at all from mosquitoes and insects. Leningrad/Petrograd was infamous for the tens of thousands of prisoners/slaves/serfs who died of malaria and diseases digging in the mud and freezing water that far north.

  32. This is the kind of thing I’d expect to hear from Billy Sol Hardon, deacon of the first church of the gooey death and discount house of worship, Del Rio, Texas. O, say hallelujah; Can I get a witness? And don’t you know there will be famine and pestilence across the land lest you believe, praise gaia, in the one and I say verily, praise all’a y’all the consensus for there be the true path to glory. Listen to me, sinners – you can’t feel good until you’ve given til it hurts and don’t you know, hear me now, digging deep is the road to salvation; give it up for gaia. Paris beckons – be ready, sinners! Turn out your pockets for the common good.

  33. Quick someone grab the shovels, we can dig Wes Craven up while he’s still warm. Only he could do justice to this senario of giant artic mosquitos sucking you dry in one shot. Maybe we could dress them like politicians, hmmmmm.

  34. The really funny part of the “study” is this tidbit:
    The researchers focused their study on Western Greenland and were expecting to find a decrease in the number of Arctic mosquitoes, which would have triggered conservation efforts, according to Lauren Culler, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center Institute of Arctic Studies.
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0916/Why-climate-change-means-more-huge-mosquito-swarms-in-the-Arctic
    You see the compelling logic of global warming, they expected to find a decrease in mosquitoes, which would prove global warming, but they didn’t find one. They found an increase in mosquitoes, which proves global warming.
    Ain’t global warming wonderful.

  35. Global warming by few degrees may take 50 to 100 years, but only 4°C warm oceans could cool the world into ice age conditions within one season or year.

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