Carbon pollution brings unforeseen consequences
The spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to debilitating birth defects, is one more symptom of a sick climate here on Earth. As the planet warms, the range of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus increases, creating health emergencies in places where such diseases never existed before.
Unless we work very hard to limit the risks of climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we will see more problems like this in the future.
Fortunately, the chances that the US will take effective action on climate change have increased dramatically. Why is that? Last month, a bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus was formed in the House of Representatives. Led by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), this new caucus will finally bring both Republicans and Democrats to the table together to develop national policies aimed at preserving a living world for future generations.
There will be unforeseen consequences unleashed as a result of our carbon pollution, and the Zika virus is just one of them. However, the Climate Solutions Caucus offers the hope that we can plan for and mitigate these consequences. Doing so will ensure that consequences of carbon pollution do not spiral out of control.