I do wonder if anyone has tracked the trend of cancer, the disease, whether its been rising or falling, and mapped it on to climate change?

My mother said to me recently that growing up in India in the 50’s and 60’s no one they knew ever died of cancer, but since the 90’s there’s someone in every family. Did the disease not exist or was it never diagnosed? What about in the middle ages and before the Industrial Revolution? Just pondering…

[update: Just found this on the Beeb’s site. ]

Shangba sounds idyllic, but it hides a deadly story. There is a broad river running to the side of the village – its shallow waters rippling over smooth stones. For years locals relied on the river for drinking water, and to irrigate their crops.

Now, though, many of those same people are dying of cancer. This small hamlet has joined the ranks of what China’s media calls the country’s "cancer villages."

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2 Responses to Trendspotting

  1. apolaine says:

    I can imagine there are a lot of variables in this – not only things like water supplies becoming contaminated as they dry out/become stressed, etc. but also the increase in mass-produced food, toxins in manufacturing materials, etc.
    The best person to maybe research on this is Hans Rosling ( ) and his Gapminder tools/site ( ). He and his research team have a new book out on Global Health ( )
    His Gapminder tool ( ) is now up in Google’s tools and there you can at least map CO2 output to life-expectancy (and watch this change through the decades). Though, as you might expect, greater CO2 output tends to coincide with greater life-expectancy

  2. niti bhan says:

    THANK YOU. I’d see this in some of the early TED videos last year but forgotten all about it. This promises to be a lot of fun.

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