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Berenbaum on DDT and malaria

May Berenbaum is an entomologist at UIUC and been correcting the Rachel-Carson-killed-millions hoax for a while now. Public Radio International has interviewed Berenbaum for a podcast on DDT and malaria. She is also answering questions on the forum there. Predictably Marjorie Mazel Hecht, editor of Larouche’s 21st Century Science & Technology has shown up to…

Hey, remember how Monckton got published in a UFO magazine? Well, now he’s in a Larouche publication, Executive Intelligence Review (see cover to right), being interviewed about the IPCC plan to RULE THE WORLD. However, they are not concerned with whether there is a problem or not. They merely wish to pretend that there is…

Seed Magazine has interviewed epidemiologist Barbara Eskanazi about her survey article on the effects of DDT on human health: SEED: What kinds of long-term health problems can we expect? BE: I don’t really know. I can’t predict, but I can say that if the studies that I read hold true we may see higher rates…

Roger Bate, in depth

Adam Sarvana of the Natural Resources News Service has written a detailed story on the career of Roger Bate: Call major mainstream environmental groups and ask them for comment on Roger Bate. The reply is always: Who? Like most policy wonks at conservative think tanks, few have ever heard of him. That is why he…

The United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization have announced new projects to test methods for fighting malaria with less use of DDT: Ten projects, all part of the global programme “Demonstrating and Scaling-up of sustainable Alternatives to DDT in Vector Management”, involving some 40 countries in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Central…

A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper in Malaria Journal by Yukich, Lengeler, Tediosi, Brown, Mulligan, Chavasse, Stevens, Justino, Conteh, Maharaj, Erskine, Mueller, Wiseman, Ghebremeskel, Zerom, Goodman, McGuire, Urrutia, Sakho, Hanson and Sharp compared several large vector control programs to prevent malaria, including both insecticide-treated nets (ITN) and indoor residual spraying (IRS). The results: Method cost per…

Bedbugs and insecticide resistance

Bug girl writes about a new paper on insecticide resistance of bedbugs. It turns out the resistance mechanism (kdr) means that they are resistant to DDT and pyrethroids. She concludes: DDT will be utterly useless against bed bugs, so people should stop asking for it. We’re going to need a lot more research on ways…

Roger Bate’s false history

This is the long-awaited part 2 of my response to Roger Bate’s reply to the article on DDT in Prospect by John Quiggin and me. (Part 1 is here.) In this part I look at Bate’s false history of DDT and malaria. Here’s Bate’s history: But while there were serious concerns about the bioaccumulation of…

Linking without thinking part 3

Glenn Reynolds can’t seem to learn that if he links to JF Beck he will get burnt. He links to Beck because Beck claims to prove that: Self-proclaimed DDT expert Tim Lambert was wrong, of course, to claim Europeans did not threaten trade sanctions against DDT users. But all the story that Beck links to…

Sideshow Roy Spencer writes: Our environmental protection practices have already caused the deaths of millions of people, mainly in poor African countries. By far the most humans — mostly women and children — have been sacrificed in the mistaken belief that the use of any amount of the pesticide DDT would harm the environment. As…