ChrisOntLancs wrote:from wigan today
"Experts have warned a mosquito capable of carrying deadly diseases could return to Britain this summer"
and i agree, the mosquito would do well to stay away from wigan.
over to you :)
But are they not raising a valid point. Often when considering the future it is a case of "could" or "might". e.g. we currently undertaking the Venusification of Earth's climate, yet when we report progress we still have to use would like "could" because we cannot be completely sure because it is about something that has not yet happened (and who knows what might change before the project is complete).
And in this case I suspect it is a valid risk they are reporting (I suspect they are talking about Aedes albopictus - carries Yellow Fever, Dengue, Zilka and we have had it in the UK before. But if they reported "will return" there would rightly be a lot of complaints, so "could" would seem appropriate. However there are questions over identification (it's very similar to Culiseta annulata) so could be we've not found Tiger mosquitos in the UK yet. But eggs (of Aedes albopictus) have been found so ... who knows.