There are times when the Greens party and I diverge. Take the complete eradication of a species from the biosphere – those of an environmental bent would probably think that a bad thing. In the case of mosquitoes, as previously mentioned, I think it would be bloody brilliant.
Mosquitoes spread serious diseases. They bite animals and humans, provoking allergies and causing annoying itching. And they get preserved in ancient tree sap and used by mad scientists to clone dinosaurs. Basically, they’re irredeemable menaces.
So you can imagine my delight at the journal Nature‘s detailed investigation last month of just what would happen if we wiped the bloodsucking little bastards out. Turns out it’d probably have some mild effects in the Arctic, but otherwise the natural world seems likely to adjust pretty darn well without them.
Scientists, get exterminating. (But try to do it without poisoning the rest of us.)
ELSEWHERE: A mosquito apologist argues for caution. I say he needs to be bitten more.