Since we’re on the topic of media fearmongering, check out this chilling headline from The Guardian: “How the climate crisis is fueling the spread of a brain-eating amoeba.” The piece begins with the heartbreaking story of a Nebraska boy who may have died from Naegleria fowleri, a shape-shifting killer amoeba, after swimming in a lake. Naegleria fowleri grows in warm freshwater, “making it well-suited to proliferate as temperatures rise in the US,” warns the site.
Facing the prospect of never setting foot into another body of water again, I googled Naegleria fowleri and found a number of articles that repackaged the Guardian story, but ratcheted up the alarmism. “According to Scientists, a Brain-eating Amoeba Are Rapidly Spreading Due to Climate Change,” Nature World News warned. The