The coming plague: How humans are changing the landscape of disease

jhj_image.jpgAnthropology Associate Professor James Holland Jones was recently interviewed by Max McClure on, a website that focuses on environmental news and commentary. Professor Jones says climate change will be a “mixed bag” for infectious disease. But when asked to sum up his prognosis for the future, he did so in a single word: “bleak.” He points out that climate change and emerging diseases have something in common: The worst possible scenario seems far off and abstract, but fighting them requires diligence and resources right now. His take-home message: If the landscape of disease is changing, our health infrastructure is going to have to change, too. Read article and listen to his interview.