Children Die When ‘Eco-Lies’ Disrupt the War Against Mosquitoes

Vijay Jayaraj

I am glad to be alive after a bout with dengue fever. But many across the world are not so fortunate. More than 4000 die each year due to dengue, a severe mosquito-borne disease.

It all began 10 days ago with intense fever. My body consistently clocked above 102 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours. Then followed severe pain in every part of the body. Once the fever and aching subsided, the second phase of the struggle began, with the blood platelet count falling dramatically.

Often, as in my case, the blood platelet count recovers on its own slowly. But in case of mismanagement, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, some people develop “complications associated with severe bleeding, organ impairment and/or plasma leakage.” In the worst cases, it results in death.

Contrary to expectation, the prevalence and incidence of cengue has increased in recent decades.

WHO says, “the number of dengue cases reported to WHO increased over 8 fold over the last two decades, from 505,430 cases in 2000, to over 2.4 million in 2010, and 5.2 million in 2019. Reported deaths between the year 2000 and 2015 increased from 960 to 4032, affecting mostly younger age group.”

“Before 1970,” the report went on, “only 9 countries had experienced severe dengue epidemics. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in the WHO regions of Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific.”

Why is there a dramatic increase when we have effective disease control mechanisms at our disposal? Because the application of those solutions has been hindered by environmental movements.

The increase in dengue can partially be attributed to radical environmentalists’ opposition to the most effective killer of mosquitoes, DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary vector (carrier) of dengue. As per WHO, the mosquito is now “well adapted to urban habitats and breeds mostly in man-made containers/spaces.”  DDT remains one of the most effective deterrents of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Thanks to Rachel Carson’s unscientific claims about DDT in her 1962 book Silent Spring, the environmental movement against DDT began with blind stupidity. In 1972, the U.S. EPA banned DDT. Then in 2004, several countries decided to ban DDT at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Today, most arguments (and movements) against DDT can be traced back to the inspiration from this fallacious fear-mongering unscientific book and its claims on DDT.

Not only were Carson’s claims untrue, but they have also managed to cause the deaths of thousands across the globe during the last three decades by acting as an active ideological hurdle to employing DDT to kill the deadly mosquitoes.

Some cities in India for example are influenced by the lies from her book and fail to proactively fumigate public places with DDT. Instead of using DDT as a preventive method, DDT fumigation is limited to a responsive measure, fumigating only when dengue cases occur.

And so far, we have addressed only dengue. The benefits of DDT fumigation appear far more critical if we are to consider their role in prevention of Malaria. Malaria affects 300 million people every year. The situation is far worse in the African continent, where malaria kills two children every minute. DDT can prevent the transmission of malaria by as much as 90% if employed efficiently.

I am thankful that I have recovered, and I am thankful that our government in India has not banned DDT. In fact, India is supplying DDT to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia for malaria control.

DDT is a life saver, and any country with mosquito-borne diseases should allow its use. Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1948 “for his discovery of the high efficiency of DDT as a contact poison against several arthropods,” including mosquitoes. Let not the lies of Rachel Carson rob millions of African children of their very lives.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, VA, and a Contributing Writer for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. He holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK. He resides in Bengaluru, India.

This commentary was first published by Townhall July 12, 2022.

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mal
July 14, 2022 10:24 pm

Rachel Carlson and Karl Marx to two greatest mass killers in the history of the world. Funny how both are heroes of the left, yet two other great heroes of the left Mao and Stalin are amateurs when it comes to killing our fellow humans, Mao and Stalin on have a little over a hundred million at “best” one hundred and fifty billion. Carlson and Maxs by this time are at least three quarters or a billion to a billion by now.

PCman999
Reply to  mal
July 14, 2022 11:21 pm

” Mao and Stalin on have a little over a hundred million at “best” one hundred and fifty billion.”
Billion?
Typo alert 😁

alastair gray
Reply to  mal
July 15, 2022 12:20 am

When the billions start dying of famine Greta Thunberg and her puppet masters can join the ranks of the mass slaughterers., although Greta can claim immunity as she was a minor at the time of her offences, and she was merely a n accomplice. Those behind her have no such defence

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  alastair gray
July 15, 2022 12:59 am

The minimum age for criminal responsibility in Sweden is 15 years of age. There are three limits for imprisonment of a young person. A person should not be imprisoned before 21 years of age. Concerning very serious crimes it is possible to imprison a person who is between 18 and 21.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York City, she was 18 at COP26

Reply to  mal
July 16, 2022 9:00 am

The only true, logical, reason for banning DDT is to reduce the population as devised and implemented by the progressive Geopolitical “Scientists”. Period. They are now doing the same thing with “Climate Change”, Global Warming, whatever it is called this year.

Old Man Winter
July 14, 2022 10:34 pm

Steve Milloy @ Junk Science has a lengthy article on DDT. It’s worthwhile reading.

https://junkscience.com/1999/07/100-things-you-should-know-about-ddt/#ref6

MJB
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 15, 2022 5:00 am

Thanks for the link. I’ve read many times that Carlson’s claims are contrary to evidence, but have never taken the time to dig into the issue myself. This JunkScience article seems like a good start.

If anyone has other suggestions for an objective look at Silent Spring I’d appreciate the link.

MJB

Don Perry
Reply to  MJB
July 15, 2022 6:46 am

Carson, Carson, Carson.

Reply to  MJB
July 16, 2022 3:30 pm

MJB
Cato Institute published “Silent Spring at 50” in 2012. Its well written, with ~40 pages of notes & references. Each chapter reviews a section of Carlson’s book showing the state of science at the time and how most of what she claimed turned out mistaken. Well, mistaken is probably not correct: the number of lies by omission or comission are too frequent.
364 pages. Edited by Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers & Andrew Morriss

RevJay4
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 15, 2022 7:11 am

Thank you for the link. I plowed my way through the article and realized that what I have suspected for many years is more than likely true. The evidence seems to point to the environmentalists and the EPA, WHO, etc. are flat out lying to the world. Nothing scientific about it, they are just totally ignoring the preponderance of actual evidence in favor of DDT being a boon to mankind.
Reminds me of the recent developments regarding the kung flu, where all the evidence points to simple inexpensive treatments being effective, but refuted in favor of pharma reaping huge profits in producing vaxxes which don’t work and are, more than likely, harmful to humans.
Not wanting to sound partisan here, but Trump was right in proposing using simple readily available and cheap remedies to fight the viruses which were unleashed upon the world via some nefarious players upon the world stage.
“Trust the science” has become a joke. A sick joke, and deadly these days, for some. All the agencies have become arms of the leftists and their cohorts in a mass crime of epic proportions. Seems like they are all vying for the top spot of mass murderers of the human race(notice correct usage of the word “race”), trust none of them to follow the science. They seem to only trust the financial and power they can gather from their actions. It has become abundantly clear, for me, that the medical community no longer lives up to their oath to do no harm.
Apologize for the rant and long winded comment.
May God help us all.

Felix
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 15, 2022 7:26 am

Thanks too. The link is not to the general list, but to the one question I have always had about egg shell thinning; most of the complaints about banning DDT only complain about the costs of the ban, ignoring any benefits, and the main benefit I have always heard is saving so many birds because their eggs were too thin.

Drake
Reply to  Felix
July 15, 2022 9:40 am

And even if true, we all know that saving the lives of BIRDS are far more important then those of CHILDREN.

The same leftists not only support abortion, they promote abortion, you know, the k!lling of children.

MarkW
Reply to  Felix
July 15, 2022 11:17 am

The problem is that the data in support of egg thinning was completely fabricated.
The chickens in the test were kept in a hot, noisy envronment and fed a calcium poor diet. All things known to cause shell thinning.
They were also fed massive amounts of DDT, thousands of times greater than could ever be consumed in the wild.

Lo and behold, the chickens had thin shelled eggs, and the conclusion was DDT must have caused it.

The increase in the number of eagles and other raptors was due to the hunting bans. The hunting bans were put in place several years prior to the DDT bans, and the increases in raptor numbers also started several years prior to the DDT bans.

ATheoK
Reply to  MarkW
July 16, 2022 5:12 pm

The increase in the number of eagles and other raptors was due to the hunting bans. The hunting bans were put in place several years prior to the DDT bans, and the increases in raptor numbers also started several years prior to the DDT bans.”

Hunting for raptors ended long before the 1960s.
Farmers with cause could shoot a particularly prolific bird eater, but that was it, but they need formal permission from a game warden before shooting the raptor.

1920-1940, starting with the Migratory Bird Act, migratory birds were protected. During this time, eagles and other raptors were added to the act.

What helped bring back raptors was US Fish & Wildlife Service ending their anti-coyote and anti-wolf poison meat on wooden stakes effort.

Wind farms are reversing these gains.

paul
Reply to  Felix
July 15, 2022 12:43 pm

& yet the sonabitches care so much for the birds that they have poluted the countryside with whirlygigs that kill birds by the score & it’s so OK as they have given the wind industry immunity from killing birds.
Zealots not only talk out of both sides of their mouth but their ass too.

ATheoK
Reply to  Felix
July 16, 2022 4:54 pm

but to the one question I have always had about egg shell thinning”

Except some of the ‘experts’ who claimed that they couldn’t handle raptor eggs because they were too thin, later admitted that they broke hawk and eagle eggs on purpose.

At the same time when eco-alarmists were raging about thin eggshells, it wasn’t unusual to find whole eggs dumped out of bird nests by cuckoos. Eggs that fell more than 20 feet to the forest floor, apparently undamaged.

The same case frequently occurs when storms dump a nest to the ground. Though, less eggs survive that fall.

No benefits to a DDT ban.

Substantial populations were deloused using DDT during WWII and Korean War.

No identified illnesses or side effects, during decades of use.

I grew up in a place called Levittown.
A large part of Levittown was built on swamp. Levittown dirt was great for gardening, except if you dug down as little as two feet to a few feet, you would hit water.

I remember when the mosquitos corps came through with people hunting down every puddle and stagnant water. They usually threw round balls that fizzed and spun DDT throughout a puddle. Ponds and lakes received larger amounts.

Every summer for years, jeeps drove around town spraying a fog of DDT behind as they sprayed for mosquitos.
Again, no side effects.

Carson and others alleged DDT harmed nature, without evidence. The head of the EPA, William D. Ruckelshaus, banned DDT.

When people claim that eagles and other raptors are only slowly returning, they forget to mention that US FWS (US, Fish and Wildlife Services) set poison traps across the West, Midwest and parts of the East to kill coyotes and wolves.

Nowadays, wind mills are eliminating raptor recovery and eco-alarmists don’t care.

July 14, 2022 10:48 pm

Why is there a dramatic increase when we have effective disease control mechanisms at our disposal?

Let not the lies of Rachel Carson rob millions of African children of their very lives.”

This is a really antiquated gripe. Her book appeared 60 years ago. Whatever caused the recent rise in dengue, it wasn’t that event. And..

“I am thankful that I have recovered, and I am thankful that our government in India has not banned DDT. In fact, India is supplying DDT  to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia for malaria control.”



Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 14, 2022 11:06 pm

What is the actual evidence against DDT after 60 years? This is a genuine question because I don’t know, but I see Carson and her book quoted by both sides frequently.

Supplementary, what is the probability of a return and introduction of mosquito borne diseases to the Southern UK with environmental schemes to return areas to Wetlands in a MWP climate?

AndyHce
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
July 15, 2022 3:07 am

According to comments posted over the last decade, the WHO rcommends DDT for in home protection against mosquito borne diseases, especially malaria.

Reply to  AndyHce
July 15, 2022 2:10 pm

That was my point. What is the evidence that DDT is actually banned?

Ted
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 15, 2022 6:16 pm

https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/ddt-brief-history-and-status

“Under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme, countries joined together and negotiated a treaty to enact global bans or restrictions on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), a group that includes DDT. This treaty is known as the Stockholm Convention on POPs.” 

The WHO gives an exemption for DDT use in the home, which is effectively useless as mosquitos tend to thrive and transmit disease outdoors.

AndyHce
Reply to  Ted
July 16, 2022 11:02 am

https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/DDT_FactSheet.html

“The United States banned the use of DDT in 1972.”

I suspect many other non-tropical countries have also banned it.

Reply to  Ted
July 16, 2022 3:42 pm

Ted
Home use is not totally useless. IIRC DDT also works as a spatial repellent meaning if sprayed on surfaces or in impregnated bed-nets the mosquitos don’t like to even land on it. Sort of a last line of defense.
Now if the population had reliable electricity they could have A/C and close the windows! But that is another topic [which I bet Carlson would also have be on the wrong side of].

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
July 15, 2022 7:02 am

According to my Merck Index which is out of date but fundamentally correct, except they keep claiming that it could be a carcinogen, it is listed as a contact insecticide, ectoparasiticide and peducluicide. Human toxicity is death at estimated 500mg/kg. Problem is often the carrier, kerosene makes it more toxic, which it is to some organisms, carrier could itself smother organisms which I suspect was common in its beginning use. Also it is a very stable compound difficult to eradicate, insoluble in water. Fundamental principle in toxicology is dependence on dosage, known for centuries.

Layor Nala
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 14, 2022 11:47 pm

And we need to add, Let not the antiquated climate change lies of Nick Stokes rob millions of their very lives.

Drake
Reply to  Layor Nala
July 15, 2022 9:45 am

And as I often say here, why do these CAGW fanatics, such as Nick, hate poor people so much?

Note that the RIGHT, meaning conservatives, act of facts, not beliefs as do leftists who’s only concern is that THEIR concerns are accepted as fact and acted upon with the power of government, i.e. ultimately at the end of the barrel of a government controlled gun if coercion does not work.

The Dark Lord
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 14, 2022 11:53 pm

the book caused the banning of DDT … doesn’t matter if we haven’t had a rise over the last 60 years … this rise could have been stopped with DDT … she got it banned … it may be an old gripe but its still true today …

Bellman
Reply to  The Dark Lord
July 15, 2022 6:31 am

Don’t understand why it’s possible that a single book can be responsible for an entire change in US policy. Surly there were inquires, research, lobbying by all sides.

Felix
Reply to  Bellman
July 15, 2022 7:28 am

No one can be that naive about how politics works unless they are really really young, or just playing the naive waif.

Bellman
Reply to  Felix
July 17, 2022 3:04 am

So if there was no process why did it take 10 years before the US issued any sort of ban? Why did it take 40 years before there was a limited world wide ban?

Drake
Reply to  Bellman
July 15, 2022 9:48 am

A single lie, the Mann hockey stick, completely debunked, is STILL being used by the left to push their green new deal agenda. So, explain how you “don’t understand why it’s possible”.

AndyHce
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 15, 2022 3:03 am

It is not directly the rise in dengue fever incident that is discussed but the fact that mosquitoes control is imparied by the misinformation, and ideology, spawned by her book. So, her work lies as the root cause of disease spread.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 15, 2022 3:09 am

It might be antiquated, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Pete Bonk
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 15, 2022 7:08 am

Words and ideas have long term consequences, both good and bad, depending on their content. Did the Torah stop being relevant and influential the day the last scroll was written?

Reply to  Pete Bonk
July 15, 2022 2:09 pm

Are you equating Rachel with the Torah? She just wrote a book.

MarkW
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 15, 2022 11:18 am

Her book may be old, but the lies based on her book continue to control many government agencies.

waza
July 14, 2022 11:23 pm

I got Dengue while working in Malaysia. I was designing urban drainage systems. I walked along a lot of polluted watercourses.

Urban poor have a high risk of getting Dengue and other waterborne diseases.

Proper drainage, water, wastewater and sanitation infrastructure (POWERED by reliable energy) has significantly improved the health of all humans.

waza
Reply to  waza
July 14, 2022 11:29 pm

In 1800s Melbourne, Australia summer diseases were more deadly than winter diseases.
The city commenced construction of a sewer system in the 1890s. By the 1920s summer fatalities were less than winter fatalities.

The Dark Lord
Reply to  waza
July 14, 2022 11:56 pm

cars also, not just sewers … less horses less horse manure in the streets and in the air …

The Dark Lord
July 14, 2022 11:49 pm

Carson is responsible for as many deaths as the worst dictators …

Hasbeen
July 14, 2022 11:52 pm

I had a dose of dengue while working in Rabaul New Guinea. I was there for first self government then independence. At precisely this time the money paying for 6 monthly DDT spraying was diverted to some other use, & mosquitos took over the place.

DDT not only kills mosquitos, but is also a major irritant to them. When sprayed in a building the mosquitos stay away for about 6 months. We would get a notice that our home or work place was going to be sprayed AM or PM on a specific date. It was advised to stay out for a few hours. Under this program insects were never a problem, houses did not even have screens. After it stopped it became an undesirable place to live.

Vuk
July 15, 2022 1:01 am

Not a lot of people know this:
“Two disposable vapes are being thrown away every second in the UK, despite them containing scarce minerals needed to build electric car batteries, results from a new survey show.
The amount of lithium thrown away in disposable vapes every year would be enough to build around 1,200 electric car batteries.”
says Daily Telegraph

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Vuk
July 15, 2022 2:54 am

They’re not entirely wasted, if I come across any I’ll pick them up and bring em home.
Am not entirely sure why, I suspect I am a ‘pica’ = because they are often pretty colours. Pica’s are like that.

Hopefully they’ll be useful for something sometime but sadly I cannot see that their batteries are rechargeable 🙁

Oddly for once I get to agree with what the paper says, in fact I assumed an 80kWh EV battery and got 1,530 cars/batteries – based on a typical e-ciggie being 550mAh
(That’s the little round ones, there are much bigger square shaped ones showing up now)

Watch this space (from behind toughened glass and cover your ears)
😀

Vuk
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 15, 2022 4:08 am

Hi Peta
You can make a colourful abstract sculpture for your garden

Speed
Reply to  Vuk
July 15, 2022 6:05 am

And the relationship between disposable vapes and DDT is … ?

Vuk
Reply to  Speed
July 15, 2022 7:05 am

Mosquitoes don’t like vaping, prefer strait forward blood sucking, horrible little Draculas.

July 15, 2022 1:49 am

In 1972, the U.S. EPA banned DDT. Then in 2004, several countries decided to ban DDT at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The was an early Dr Who episode in the 1970s when the doctor, his granddaughter and the 2 teachers returned to Earth but materialised at the wrong scale. They became Lilliputians and observed all of the dead insects caused by DDT.

Even then the BBC was pedaling lies.

Bellman
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
July 15, 2022 6:26 am

1964, not the 1970s.

Climate believer
July 15, 2022 2:06 am

Glad to hear you’ve fully recovered Mr Jayaraj, I appreciate the articles you write.

Speed
July 15, 2022 3:14 am

It’s complicated.

From Wikipedia …

DDT was never banned for anti-malarial use, and its ban for agricultural use in the United States in 1972 did not apply outside the U.S. nor to anti-malaria spraying. The international treaty that banned most uses of DDT and other organochlorine pesticides—the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (which became effective in 2004)—included an exemption for the use of DDT for malaria control until affordable substitutes could be found. Mass outdoor spraying of DDT was abandoned in poor countries subject to malaria, such as Sri Lanka, in the 1970s and 1980s; this was not because of government prohibitions but because the DDT had lost its ability to kill the mosquitoes. Because of insects’ very short breeding cycle and large number of offspring, the most resistant insects survive and pass on their genetic traits to their offspring, which replace the pesticide-slain insects relatively rapidly. Agricultural spraying of pesticides produces pesticide resistance in seven to ten years.

Some experts have said that restrictions placed on the agricultural use of DDT have increased its effectiveness for malaria control. According to pro-DDT advocate Amir Attaran, the result of the (activated in 2004) Stockholm Convention banning DDT’s use in agriculture “is arguably better than the status quo … For the first time, there is now an insecticide which is restricted to vector control only, meaning that the selection of resistant mosquitoes will be slower than before.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Spring

(References at the link)

Peta of Newark
July 15, 2022 3:19 am

Oh God, not another ‘war’

I’m afraid that something doesn’t ring true with this story – it just smells of Total Fabrication and Fake. Completely no background or context

  • Where was the author for this to happen
  • How did they get there
  • Why were they there
  • Why did they not take any precautions
  • Why the talk about children

Thus I see a poor & pathetic attempt to bash warmists and environmentalists, i.e. Wantonly and simply stirring up trouble based on a self important and pompous position that:
I Care More Than You Care

Errm…..

  • What about the 627,000 people who die from malaria
  • What about the annual toll from suicide of over 788,000
  • How many perish in simple car accidents

4,000 is absolutely nothing, so we have yet another petty & crap time wasting exercise in minutia.
C’mon people, raise the game.

If you or anyone wants to take on Big Green and their effect on things in general, try this.
(I had wind turbines in mind when I read this)

Quote:”Inspiration struck and Dr. Campbell set out to partner with one of the most feared creatures on the planet associated with numerous superstitions that still influence us today—????

From here

Pretty epic doncha think, where are the similarly inventive minds these days?
(That question was more serious that a Really Serious Question – repeat where are they?)

Mozzies are easy to avoid.
They can’t fly more than 100 metres from their ‘home swamp’
Mostly operate under cover of dark
Are easily deterred by nets and closed/doors & windows

Drain the puddles, simply tidy the place up a bit.
Pour a bit of old cooking oil, any sort, on puddles you cant drain
Put baby fish in water storage tanks, ponds and reservoirs
Keep away from the mozzies and if you do get infected, make damn sure you don’t get bitten again and thus spread the disease

Take basic precautions,
i.e. Do not strut and march around this globe behaving as an arrogant pompous Englishman that owns the place

Climate believer
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 15, 2022 12:00 pm

“Mozzies are easy to avoid.”

Nearly 700 million people get a mosquito-borne illness each year resulting in over one million deaths.

C’mon people, if Peta can do it, it must be easy.

Get tidying.

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 18, 2022 2:52 pm

While it is certain that the DDT question is complex, as it works against arthropods which includes crustaceans, I would like to see the evidence about mosquito ranges. I worked in Louisiana low salinity marshes for decades. Despite extensive burning for other reasons, there was no way your recommendations could successfully work in such areas. Other marshes and swamps are similar, and there was evidence that hordes of mosquitoes could be blown large distances. Hard to tag they are, impossible to drain in large areas with high rainfall. Structures in our marsh had small screened entry porches with DDT used there successfully.

griff
July 15, 2022 3:27 am

And as I have many times stated in Watts, DDT is not banned for use in fighting malaria and is still employed…

And there are many other ways of fighting malaria too

Speed
Reply to  griff
July 15, 2022 6:18 am

DDT Ban Takes Effect[EPA press release – December 31, 1972]
The general use of the pesticide DDT will no longer be legal in the United States after today, ending nearly three decades of application during which time the once-popular chemical was used to control insect pests on crop and forest lands, around homes and gardens, and for industrial and commercial purposes.

( … ) Public health, quarantine, and a few minor crop uses were excepted, as well as export of the material.
https://archive.epa.gov/epa/aboutepa/ddt-ban-takes-effect.html

Note the qualification in the last sentence.

July 15, 2022 3:28 am

I wrote about this same subject in early 2019. I paid the price for telling the truth.

HYPOTHESIS: RADICAL GREENS ARE THE GREAT KILLERS OF OUR AGE April 14, 2019
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/
“My hypothesis is that ’Radical Greens are the Great Killers of Our Age’. Here is some of the supporting evidence.”
(excerpts)

“Modern Green Death probably started with the 1972-2002 effective ban of DDT, which caused global deaths from malaria to increase from about 1 million to almost two million per year. Most of these deaths were children under five in sub-Saharan Africa – just babies for Christ’s sake!”
– February 1, 2019
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/31/elizabeth-warren-uses-coldest-polar-vortex-in-decades-to-call-for-green-new-deal-to-fight-global-warming/#comment-2612046

“…radical greens (really radical leftists) are the great killers of our time. Now the greens are blinding and killing babies by opposing golden rice…” – March 10, 2019
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/09/life-saving-golden-rice-finally-gets-to-poor-farmers-despite-environmentalist-opposition/#comment-2651782

“The Green movement is really a smokescreen for the old Marxists – and they are the great killers of our age.” – March 11, 2019
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/10/benny-peiser-energy-revolts-the-crisis-of-europes-green-energy-agenda/#comment-2652044
 

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ThinkingScientist
July 15, 2022 3:38 am

I understand that the US has had a policy of not allowing or restricting aid to countries that use DDT? I seem to recall either Booker, Crichton or Lomberg writing about it (possibly all of them).

Along with the estimate that at least 50 million people have died prematurely and unnecessarily as a consequence of banning DDT in the 1960s

Last edited 1 month ago by ThinkingScientist
Tom Kennedy
July 15, 2022 3:47 am

Birds and bats provide a natural way of keeping mosquito and other problem insects
Birds and bats are being killed at an astonishingly increasing rate as the number of industrial wind turbines increase.
Twice as many bats are killed by wind turbines as birds because of barotrauma – just flying near a wind turbine blade cause death to bats.
Worldwide, bats play essential roles in keeping populations of night-flying insects in balance. Just one bat can eat large numbers of insects, and large colonies catch tons of insects nightly, including beetle and moth species that cost American farmers and foresters billions of dollars annually, not to mention mosquitoes in our backyards.
Bats are the primary natural defense in keeping mosquito populations in check. Mosquito populations have increased 10 fold in several states over the last 40 years. This population increase in mosquitoes was also coincident with the millions of bats that have been killed by industrial wind turbines since the year 2000.

Steve Case
Reply to  Tom Kennedy
July 15, 2022 4:27 am

Birds and bats are being killed at an astonishingly increasing rate as the number of industrial wind turbines increase.
_____________________________

BirdChopper.jpg
Speed
Reply to  Steve Case
July 15, 2022 6:31 am

We criticize Global Warming claimants for not supporting their claims with links to authoritative publications. We should hold people posting pictures of “BirdChoppers” to the same standard.

Steve Case
Reply to  Speed
July 15, 2022 10:00 am

Speed
Reply to  Steve Case
July 15, 2022 12:37 pm

That’s one.

Speed
Reply to  Tom Kennedy
July 15, 2022 6:27 am

“Birds and bats are being killed at an astonishingly increasing rate as the number of industrial wind turbines increase.”
Please provide a link to an authority on this statistic.

There are other, possibly better, ways to selectively combat mosquitos …

Local governments and mosquito control programs often use integrated mosquito management (IMM), also called integrated pest management or integrated vector management.

IMM uses a combination of methods to control mosquitoes based on an understanding of mosquito biology and the mosquito life cycle. IMM uses methods that, when followed correctly, are safe and scientifically proven to reduce numbers of mosquitoes. Everyone can help control mosquitoes.

https://www.cdc.gov/mosquitoes/mosquito-control/community/index.html

Tom Kennedy
Reply to  Speed
July 15, 2022 3:21 pm

I worked with Merlin Tuttle in documenting the slaughter of bats by industrial wind turbines.
Merlin is the premier expert on bats. Here’s an article by Merlin. https://www.merlintuttle.org/wind-energy-resources/

I’ll post a complete list of links verifying my assertions tomorrow.

Tom Kennedy
Reply to  Speed
July 16, 2022 3:56 am

References
1 Oshea, Cryan, Hayman, Plowright, Streiker 18 January 2016
Multiple mortality events in bats: a global review – Mammal Review
2. Merlin Tuttle 8/29/16 ,Bats and Mosquito Control – Bat Conservation International –
3. Ilia Rochlin, Ary Faraji, Dominick V. Ninivaggi, Christopher M. Barker & A. Marm Kilpatrick – Anthropogenic impacts on mosquito populations in North America over the past century
4. Reiskind, M.H. and M.A. Wund. 2009. Experimental assessment of the impacts of northern long-eared bats on ovipositing Culex (Diptgera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes. J. Med. Entomol. 46(5):1037-1044.
5.Hayes, M.A. 2013. Bats killed in large numbers at United States wind energy facilities. BioScience 63(12):975-979.
6. https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/italy/bring-mosquito-repellant-to-italy – Bring mosquito repellant to Italy!
7. Mathews A. Scientific American, Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue June 2016
8.Arnett, E -Relationships between Bats and Wind Turbines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia: June 2005 (underestimating bat kills)
9. Biello, D. On a Wing and Low Air: The Surprising Way Wind Turbines Kill Bats Scientific American August 2008
10 Hambler, C Industrial wind turbines vs wildlife .https://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/01/ wind-farms-vs-wildlife/
11 Boyles J, Cryan P,McCracken G, Kunz T. Economic Importance of Bats
in Agriculture, “Science Vol 332 1 April 2011
12 Owen M. The Australian, March 2017 , http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national- affairs/state-politics/sa-blackouts-wind-farm-turbines-key-to-power-outages-report-finds/ news-story/97967948bbd3f7644451ee02d61b14bf
13 Renewables and Grid Reliability January 2016 https://judithcurry.com/2016/01/06/ renewables-and-grid-reliability/
14 Sidwa T. Mosquito Surveillance/Control in Texas Infectious Disease Taskforce Austin, Texas, May 6, 2016
15 Center for Disease Control (CDC), Advice for people living in or traveling to Brownsville, Texas https://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/texas-update.html
16 Center for Disease Control (CDC) Cumulative Zika Virus Disease Case Counts in the United States, 2015-2017 https://www.cdc.gov/zika/reporting/case-counts.html
17. World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/ en/
18. Wind Farm Facilities in Germany Kill Noctule Bats from Near and Far, Linn S. Lehnert ,Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Sophia Schönborn, Oliver Lindecke, Ivo Niermann, Christian C. Voigt Published: August 13, 2014
19. Developing Methods to Reduce Bird Mortality in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, K. Shawn Smallwood, Carl G. Thelander 2006
20. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Eagle Permits; Revisions to Regulations for Eagle Incidental Take and Take of Eagle Nests Dec. 16 2016

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21 World health Organization Zika FAQ http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/
emergencies/zika-virus/zika-virus/frequently-asked-questions-zika-virus-expected-to- spread-in-europe-in-late-spring-and-summer-overall-risk-is-low-to-moderate
22. CDC, Aerial spraying to help reduce Zika infected mosquitos https://www.cdc.gov/ zika/vector/aerial-spraying.html
23.EPA, Naled for mosquito control https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled- mosquito-control
24.EU Pesticides database – http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/pesticides/eu-pesticides- database/public/event=activesubstance.detail&language=EN&selectedID=1610
25. Institute For Energy Research ‘Cuisinarts of the Sky’ Continue to Dodge Environmental Laws OCTOBER 16, 2013 http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/ cuisinarts-of-the-sky-continue-to-dodge-environmental-laws/
26 “‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes”Washington Post 2016-09-07.
27.South Miami votes to block county over mosquito spraying in its city http:// http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/south-miami/ July 2014 28.Fatalities at wind turbines may threaten population viability of a migratory bat. May 2017 Biological Conservation
29. http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/metiram-propoxur/naled-ext.html
30. http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2017/1/Quercetin-Protects-Against- Pesticides-Damaging-Effects/Page-01?p=1 Naled (Organophosphate pesticide) implicated in Dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s
31.JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE REFORM/ FALL 2002 • VOL. 22, NO. 3

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RevJay4
July 15, 2022 6:07 am

My, my, my. Really? Are we really surprised when the leftist’s claims are debunked when the light of fact is shone upon the faulty reasoning behind the claims? No.
I just assume(bad me) that whatever the left is proclaiming at the time is more of their attempts to influence folks to follow their cult-like ideology. This is no different, DDT bad ban it, than anything else they shout from wherever they get a platform. Its all garbage.

tgasloli
July 15, 2022 6:48 am

There are now multiple genetically modified mosquito technologies that could be implemented with greater success than DDT.

Maybe environmentalist and anti-GMO activists could put the lives of poor people in developing countries ahead of their empty virtue signaling and apply these options.

tygrus
July 15, 2022 7:00 am

They assume only some species of mosquitoes carry diseases and blame climate change on the spread of these mosquitoes but what if we’ve underestimated the mosquitoes ability to spread irrespective of climate (they spread because they can, not because it’s warmer)?
We’ve noticed trends but 10% survival in colder climates vs warmer could still be enough for them to be a problem. Are they adapting to colder climates to move away from origin?
What if the cold climate mosquitos start carrying the diseases the others have?
They survive in Alaska & places with low average temperatures (don’t bite all year but enough to be a major problem for months).

Alaska harbors 35 mosquito species, and a University of Alaska Fairbanks professor estimates more than 17 trillion mosquitoes hatch in Alaska every year!

So it may not be just the tropics eg. some USA states. They appear to be very adaptable to different climates, cities & remote.

Last edited 1 month ago by tygrus
Laws of Nature
July 15, 2022 7:06 am

Unsaid here, but nonetheless promoted by articles like this one is the meme that shifts in the mosquito population/species would be related to global warming alone.

It is more complicated than that.
https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/used-tires/Pages/mosquito-borne-illnesses.aspx
“Until the mid-1980s, waste tires were considered more of a nuisance and environmental threat than the possible foci of mosquito-borne disease epidemics. This changed in 1985 when a substantial breeding population of Aedes albopictus was discovered in Houston, Texas [..]The Asian tiger mosquito transmits dengue fever[..]”

Richard Patton
July 15, 2022 9:35 am

People dying aren’t a bug in the environmental movement, they are a feature. The modern environmental movement is anti-human. They would love to see the world’s population reduced 97%. In my research for a paper I did for English comp in the ’90s I discovered that they believe the optimum human population is 200 million.

John Kelly
July 15, 2022 4:08 pm

I’m glad you recovered Vijay, I enjoy your work. What else do we expect from the environmental movement but lies and a complete lack of ownership and responsibility when the lies are caught out..

mario lento
July 15, 2022 10:45 pm

Very nice article. About DDT killing, but also, we must know it repels exceptionally well too.

I have an old bottle of 99% DDT, “deep woods” repellent. I only use it camping in MN or WI during family lake house vacations.

I have always attracted mosquitos more than most, and with just a tiny amount of this pure magic on the back of my neck, and a few dabs on limbs and on my shirt I get zero bites. Other people use their crappy new stuff and they get bit.

Just sayin’

July 16, 2022 9:19 am

DDT is banned for mosquito control only in about two dozen countries, most of which don’t have malaria problems or high incidence of dengue.

niceguy
July 17, 2022 12:05 pm

Not just Silent Spring, DDT and other DDT era pesticides are accused of causing the so called “polio” epidemic, that is: the cases of vaguely defined neurological issues – not laboratory tested polio.

Polio is a BS word!

Fiona
July 21, 2022 6:04 am

You would think the Clinton and Gates foundations would have thoroughly researched the DDT option if they really wanted to save people from these diseases.

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