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Epidemics and climate

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Reconstruction of climatic patterns, disasters, and human epidemics for large parts of China from AD 1-1911 indicates that long periods of cold and dry conditions were associated with the prevalence of epidemics, likely a result of locust outbreaks and famines; however, the relationship between temperature and epidemics was inconsistent across short time scales, highlighting the scale-dependent impacts of climate change on disease prevalence, according to a study.

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Article #17-06470: "Scale-dependent climatic drivers of human epidemics in ancient China," by Huidong Tian et al.

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