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Mosquito bite cream I Fighting the climate crisis

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 27 January 2020

 

Editor's note

Mosquitos are responsible for the spread of some of the nastiest diseases, but a skin cream already on the market is proving to be an efficient way of preventing the virus infecting the body. Steven Bryden and Clive McKimmie explain how the cream boosts the body’s anti-viral immune response, stopping mosquito-borne viruses in their tracks.

A lot of people are taking steps - like cutting down meat and flying less - to mitigate the climate crisis. But what impact can these personal actions realistically have? According to Tom Oliver, our default way of viewing the world – as individuals – both causes the crisis and frustrates efforts to combat it. He suggests that a change of mindset is needed.

Heather Kroeker

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Researchers discovered a cream could stop the spread of deadly viruses from mosquitoes. frank60/ Shutterstock

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