Mosquitoes carrying diseases such as dengue, zika and yellow fever could be common throughout parts of Europe by 2030 due to global warming, a study warns. Changes to traditional rainfall patterns and soaring temperatures will make more parts of the world viable homes for the mosquitoes. The insect, known by the scientific name Aedes aegypti as well as the common name ‘yellow fever mosquito’, currently only thrives in the world’s hottest regions. But this range could expand from Africa, the Amazon and northern Australia to include Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey in the next decade. The ongoing invasion of China and the southern continental US will also be accelerated by around four miles per year by 2050. Scroll down for video Change to traditional rainfall patterns and soaring temperatures make more parts of the world viable homes for the bugs, known by the scientific name Aedes aegypti as well as the common name ‘yellow fever mosquito’ Modelling from Imperial College London and Tel Aviv University looked at what would happen to global temperatures as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. The researchers investigated various scenarios based on current rates of emissions and a potential future where current emission rates are stymied. The study then… Read full this story
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