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What major changes would occur if mosquitoes went extinct?
« Reply #1 on: 30/10/2009 16:34:11 »
I reckon it would screw up the eco systems of the world.

As deadly and disgusting as they are, they play a crucial role in the food chain. So if they are removed, that is taking a massive chain out of the food chain.

No doubt the food chain will recover eventually, but WE will not.
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« Reply #2 on: 30/10/2009 17:57:59 »
Yes, mosquitoes are a long established part of the ecology and removing them would be likely to cause problems.  Is the issue really mosquitoes though?  Is it not just Malaria that we want to eliminate?  There's a risk of throwing out baby with the bathwater here.
 

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What major changes would occur if mosquitoes went extinct?
« Reply #3 on: 30/10/2009 18:25:32 »
Yes, mosquitoes are a long established part of the ecology and removing them would be likely to cause problems.  Is the issue really mosquitoes though?  Is it not just Malaria that we want to eliminate?  There's a risk of throwing out baby with the bathwater here.

This is true Lee, but as Dave said, '3 million people a year would not die'. The consequences of such a population explosion could be catastrophic. It may be harsh to admit it, but we actually need the diseases to be spread by the mosquitoes.
 

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What major changes would occur if mosquitoes went extinct?
« Reply #4 on: 30/10/2009 19:04:34 »
Killing people after they've been born is not an acceptable way of reducing population, whether it be by disease or mass murder.  Over-population may, or may not, be a problem but it shouldn't be tied together with disease.

Both problems should be solved independently, over-population by education, and Malaria by elimination.  There is no need for people to endure suffering, just to keep the population down; this is medieval thinking.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 30/10/2009 19:37:11 »
On a related note, what would happen if we were able to let the mozzies live, but made them unable to carry malaria?

How many of those 3 million would die of something else- perhaps malnutrition?
Would the removal of the debillitating effects that malaria has on the population of some countries enable them to work more efficiently to raise crops?
 

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What major changes would occur if mosquitoes went extinct?
« Reply #6 on: 31/10/2009 14:26:52 »
Killing people after they've been born is not an acceptable way of reducing population, whether it be by disease or mass murder.  Over-population may, or may not, be a problem but it shouldn't be tied together with disease.

Both problems should be solved independently, over-population by education, and Malaria by elimination.  There is no need for people to endure suffering, just to keep the population down; this is medieval thinking.

I do agree with you, but the problem is getting people to accept that we need to reduce the world's population and foregoing their 'right' to have children.

If we were capable of controlling the population by means of conscent, then perhaps the eradication of such diseases would not have an adverse effect.
 

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