No one knew climate change would affect viruses that spread from person to person, but it does. For the eighth of our 12 Days of Culture we look at how disease may change

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It’s been a scary year for what must now be called, not global warming (as if temperatures were creeping up of their own accord) but global heating, as if someone was doing this deliberately.

Because we are. This year, scientists stopped pussyfooting around with statistical niceties and firmly linked the abnormal storms, wildfires and melting to our greenhouse gases. They warned in October that we have 12 years to take drastic action or court unstoppable disaster.

We know what to do – we just aren’t doing it. In November, greenhouse …

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