The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more aware of how the spread of disease can impact our daily lives. However, there are many places, particularly in the tropical regions of the world, where the ongoing threat of serious disease is nothing new.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change could allow for diseases like malaria to spread to new parts of the globe and this coupled with ongoing environmental pressures, could increase our vulnerability to global pandemics.

In this edition of the Met Éireann Podcast Dr. Rachel Lowe, Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the World Meteorological Organisation's expert team on Covid-19, explains how climate influences the behaviour of disease vectors, the impact of climate change on ecological systems and if the spread of Covid-19 is affected by the weather.

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