Ddt returns

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 11:19 am

Bad news for skeeters:

A leading scientific journal has reported the World Health Organisation (WHO) will now endorse the use of the banned agricultural chemical DDT to control malaria-carrying insects.

A six-year ban on DDT has been effectively enforced by international aid agencies, amid a debate on the balance between malaria risks and environmental effects.

As malaria rates rose, advocates of interior house spraying accused Western aid agencies of ignoring the deaths of more than 800,000 children a year.

Naturally, some remain opposed:

Dr David Santillo from the Greenpeace research laboratories at the University of Exeter says that USAID’s decision to fund the use of DDT is worrying.

Via J.F. Beck, who has extensive posts on the subject.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/02/2006 at 08:22 AM
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