DDT may not have been the friendliest chemical about, but its effects were always far better than dying in agony from Malaria. Its ban was a retrograde step for humanity, but the good news is that it could be swiftly and effectively reintroduced. Back in the 1960s, by spraying the Malaria swamps with DDT, we pretty well had the disease under control. Then it all changed.
As the Indie reports today, the evolution of a Malaria parasite that has developed immunity to our most effective anti-Malarial drug must be on concern to us all. Even in Europe. Mussolini helped clear Italy of Malaria during the Fascist era, but if climate change means that it's moving north again, before long they'll be hanging mosquito nets in Lewes and Gillingham.
The problem is, to revert the parasite back to type, to keep the effectiveness of our sole anti-Malarial, we need to allow a million Cambodians to die in agony. This can save many millions of Africans, and perhaps our European children too.
But if we end the global ban on DDT imposed by the Stockholm Convention, the price may be much, much lower.