Category Archives: Disease and Pandemics

‘Red Tide’ Strikes Texas Coast

By David L. Brown “Red Tide.” It may sound like the title for the latest Tom Clancy novel, but it’s a very real phenomenon. I observed its effects today on the Texas Gulf Coast as evidenced by tens of thousands … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Bat

By David L. Brown Bats have always gotten a bum rap. These furry little flying creatures have been associated with vampires, witches and ghouls for generations, and they’re the first to be blamed for rabies and other diseases. In fact, … Continue reading

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Ug99 Poised on Afghan Border

By David L. Brown I have written several times over the past few years about the spreading threat of Ug99, a wheat stem rust disease first identified in Uganda in 1999. It is a serious threat not only to wheat, … Continue reading

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Ug99 Wheat Disease Is ‘Quite the Deal’

By David L. Brown The wheat fungus known as Ug99 continues to threaten the world’s “Staff of Life” and could destroy up to four-fifths of the world’s wheat crop, according to this article on the Ottawa Citizen online site. The … Continue reading

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Preparing for Triage in a Pandemic

By David L. Brown You are probably familiar with the term “triage,” a French word to describe the process of dividing battlefield casualties into three categories in order to apply medical services efficiently. Triage separates the wounded into those who … Continue reading

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Ugly Times Ahead as Death Spores Spread

By David L. Brown Back in August, 2006 I wrote about the danger posed by an emerging plant disease called Ug99. This virulent form of wheat rust appeared in 1999 in Uganda from where it has slowly spread into Kenya … Continue reading

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‘Bird Flu’ Pandemic Is One Step Closer

By David L. Brown We have not written recently about avian flu, but you can bet we have been keeping an eye on this potential threat to humanity. Now, a story from Reuters (read it here) indicates that a recent … Continue reading

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Gorillas on the Brink

by Val Germann From the BBC this morning comes some bad news that many people had been expecting, though perhaps not so soon: the gorillas of Africa, under increasing pressure from habitat destruction and human predation, are now rapidly approaching extinction.  The final blow, … Continue reading

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A Looming Threat to World Food Supply?

By David L. Brown What would happen if our world, supporting a bloated and still growing population on the slender legs of a few monocultural crops, should be faced with a pandemic? No, I’m not talking about avian flu or … Continue reading

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China’s “Miracle” Brings Second-Law Payback

by Val Germann The breakneck speed of China’s economic “development” is continuing to visit Second-Law effects on the Land of the Middle Kingdom. It’s enough to bring a crocodile tear to the eye of this child of the 1950’s, who … Continue reading

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