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This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Sept. 5, 2018

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Global health malaria breakthrough in insecticide treated mosquito nets
  • America’s dairy farmers are struggling and unsupported
  • Toxic “red tide” of algae has led to massive fish kills off the coast of southern Florida

• Global health researchers are optimistic that a new chemical embedded mosquito net could prevent millions of cases of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Guardian newspaper, a two-year clinical study in the western African nation of Burkina Faso found that a new insecticide-treated net could reduce malaria by 12 percent, compared to conventional bed nets.

(“Scientists Hail Malaria Breakthrough As Bed Net Prove Deadly to Mosquitoes,” The Guardian, Aug. 11, 2018; “WHO report: progress on malaria slows, 2020 targets in danger,” Healio Nov. 26, 2017) 

• Across the rural landscape of upstate New York, “for sale” signs dot roadways as local farmers are selling their land after enduring years of low food prices, with little money left to invest in new equipment. Meanwhile, nearby cities like Utica are mired in poverty. 

(“America’s Dairy Farmers Are Struggling and Unsupported,” In These Times, June 27, 2018; “Family Farms Decimated by Wisconsin’s Dairy Crisis,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 18, 2018)

• A toxic “red tide” of algae has led to massive fish kills off the coast of southern Florida. So far this year, over 260 tons of marine life has washed up on the sandy beaches of Sanibel Island.

(“‘Toxic’ Red Tide” Algae Is Killing Florida’s Wildlife and Menacing Tourism.” Guardian, Aug. 14, 2018)

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