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The Stockholm Paradigm: Climate Change and Emerging Disease

Daniel R. Brooks, Eric P. Hoberg, and Walter A. Boeger


Emerging Infectious Diseases in humans, livestock and crops currently cost the world 1 trillion dollars a year in production losses and treatment costs, more than the GDP of all but 15 countries. Evolutionary analysis of this crisis, based on what is called the Stockholm Paradigm, links the potential for emerging infectious disease outbreaks directly to climate change. Highly specialized pathogens evolve in localized settings in association with one or a few hosts. Climate change and ecological disruption alters geographic distributions, bringing those pathogens into contact with susceptible b ... More

Keywords: emerging infectious diseases, global climate change, evolution, Stockholm Paradigm, DAMA Protocol, pathogens, ecological fitting, sloppy fitness space, human evolution, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226632308
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226632582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel R. Brooks, author
University of Nebraska State Museum

Eric P. Hoberg, author
University of New Mexico

Walter A. Boeger, author
University of Nebraska