Junk Science Journalism: “Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change.”

Watts Up With That?

Guest ridiculing by David Middleton

This headline on Real Clear Science caught my eye this morning:

Having grown up in Connecticut, my recollection was that the Lyme disease “epidemic” was largely driven by humans coming into more frequent contact with deer and the ticks they carry as developers built more houses in wooded, rural areas of the State.  When I was a kid (1960’s), we would often here gunshots in the woods behind our house… Deer hunters.  Those woods are now occupied by humans and expensive houses.

The article is quite long-winded, as evidenced by the following excerpt:

Ticks rising

In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change

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