News Article: Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes? – BBC News
I have just read this interesting article, and given the negative impact on human life by disease carried by some species of mosquitoes, it might seem crazy to even ask the question. But there are at least two reasons to hesitate.
The first is the “unintended consequences” issue. Lets say we did eradicate all harmful mosquitoes, this would leave a void in the environment. Those creatures that currently survive on mosquitoes would move on to other food sources, and what impact would that have? Without the competition from mosquitoes, other insect species would thrive, and what impact would that have on humanity?
But as well as this self-interest concern, there is a moral one. We as a species have wiped out a large number of species by lack of care, is it right to deliberately set out to destroy another? Even if there were no negative consequences, what give us a right to make extinct a whole species of creatures? And if we say we do have that right, are there boundaries, or is it unlimited?
A study I was reading the other day suggested a possible link between cat ownership and schizophrenia. Say this was shown to be the case, should we eradicate all cats too? Bears are are dangerous to humans, should we make them extinct too?
Life is a complex thing, and we should think long and hard before tampering with it.
In the early 1900’s two structures at 5875 and 5893 Delmar Boulevard were built. Originally car repair and sales showrooms, the two buildings were later combined into one, and most recently used as the Delmar High School, until that closed in the mid-1990’s. Since then the structure has remained empty, but now it is being given a new lease of life as the Trolley Shed for the Delmar Loop Trolley.
Work is well underway for the development, which will include a public exhibition area, as well as fulfilling the needs of servicing and maintaining the 5 trolleys.
We had snow last night, and today magic has happened to the neighborhood.
One of the fun fixtures of the January Months is the Delmar Loop Ice Carnival. I was not able to attend at the weekend this year, but as I was going to Delmar yesterday I made sure to look out for any sculptures still around. Sure enough, quite a few of them were still around, and with the below freezing temperatures, I suspect they will be there for a time yet!
At the Eastern end of Delmar the Loop Trolley will be running along a single track down the center of the thoroughfare.
After the reopening of the DeBaliviere bridge, the next excitement was the closure of the Northbound lane between Forest Park Parkway and the History Museum. This happened only a couple of weeks ago, but already work is well underway along that stretch, and also around the Museum itself.
Work continues on the DeBaliviere stretch of the Loop Trolley, and it’s fascinating to see the lines being lade and concrete poured. As each part is completed, it looks more and more like a Trolley Track!