How The Changing Climate Is Affecting Your Health
The climate is changing, and we are feeling its effects more every day. Higher temperatures mean that more people are affected by heat-related deaths. If we don’t act to combat our negative impact on the climate, then it will have serious economic, environmental, and social implications. One of these implications will be a change in human health. As a result, we will see an increase in certain diseases among some parts of the population.
The Changing Climate and Your Health
The changing climate can have a wide range of impacts on our health.
The impacts include increased exposure to extreme weather events, and changes in air quality, temperature, humidity and precipitation patterns.
These trends affect our physical health as well as our mental health.
Climate changes have been linked to an increased risk of infectious diseases like dengue fever and chikungunya virus, which spread through mosquito bites.
Rising temperatures can also increase the risk of foodborne illnesses due to bacterial growth at higher temperatures that can contaminate food products during storage or transport.
Extreme heat affects many parts of the body. When the body overheats, blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat by causing redness and increased sweating.
But when this process doesn’t work properly, it can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Other problems include muscle cramps and dehydration.
Higher temperatures also increase the number of pollen grains that are released into the atmosphere which can trigger allergic reactions in people who suffer from hay fever.
Are Increasing Temperatures Affecting Your Health?
How are summer temperatures in your country? If you haven’t noticed already, most parts of the world are experiencing warmer summers.
This is because the climate is changing, and we can’t keep going on the way we have been.
The effects of climate change can be seen around the world in increased temperatures, more frequent and intense storms, droughts, and other natural disasters.
However, these changes are not just affecting our environment — they’re also impacting our health.
The changing climate has a direct effect on human health. For example, in recent years there have been more frequent and intense heat waves due to climate change.
Heat waves can cause an increase in hospital visits for heat-related illnesses and deaths from heat stroke or exhaustion.
In addition, extreme weather events like hurricanes can cause damage to homes and businesses that lead to injuries from falling objects or other hazards.
The Changing Climate Could Cause You to Have a Shorter Life
You’re probably aware that climate change is happening. You might even be vaguely aware that it could cause you to die sooner than you otherwise would have. But how much sooner?
The EPA has found that the changing climate could result in people living shorter lives than they would have otherwise.
It’s not just about how long you live, though. Climate change is going to make it harder for people to live their lives.
So, what can be done about this? Well, the EPA says that we should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so they don’t get worse.
If we do this, then the effects of climate change should be lessened over time and our lives may even be extended as a result!
There are several ways that climate change could affect human health:
- Extreme weather events will become more frequent and more severe as temperatures rise; this includes heat waves, floods, and droughts.
- Infectious diseases spread much faster in warmer temperatures or when rainfall patterns are disrupted and lead to flooding.
- Malnutrition often leads to stunted growth among children due to poor access to food or water resources. Malnutrition can also increase rates of chronic disease later in life if left unattended for long enough.
The Effects of Wildfires on Your Health
Homes and vehicles can be severely damaged by the effects of wildfires. They can also bring on health problems such as asthma, lung irritation, and other respiratory diseases.
Smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles released by burning materials.
It contains carbon monoxide and ozone, which irritate the lungs; nitrogen dioxide, which can damage the lining of the small airways in the lungs; and sulphur dioxide, which causes acid rain. Smoke also contains tiny particles of ash that can get deep into your lungs
Smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat as well as cause coughing fits or even asthma attacks in people who are sensitive to it.
If you’ve been exposed to smoke over long periods or if you’re particularly sensitive to smoke fumes, you may develop chronic conditions like emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
If you have an existing respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD, the smoke from wildfires can make those conditions worse.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by breathing in dust particles that are kicked up by the wind during a wildfire.
Smoke inhalation can also harm pregnant women, babies and children by causing respiratory problems such as pneumonia.
Wildfires can also lead to skin irritation and rashes in people who spend too much time outdoors during a fire event.
Be More Aware of The Dangers of Flooding
Floods can be very dangerous to your health because they can cause contamination of drinking water supplies and foodborne illnesses.
Contaminated water supplies can lead to gastrointestinal illness (e.g., diarrhoea, vomiting), hepatitis A (a liver infection), other viral infections and skin rashes.
Flood waters may also contain sewage and chemicals such as gasoline and household cleaners that can cause skin irritation, burns or eye discomfort.
Be very careful around standing water or floodwaters, especially if the water is dark in colour or has an odour.
Flood waters have been known to cause fires and electrocution hazards due to downed power lines and broken utility lines.
The best way to protect yourself during a flood is to avoid going near floodwaters at all costs. If you are caught in a flood warning area, get yourself and your family to higher ground immediately before the water rises too high for safety.
Never attempt to cross moving water if there is any doubt about its depth or current speed — it could be deeper than it looks!
Diseases Will Spread Further Because Of The Changing Climate
Warm weather allows some species of insects to live longer and to travel further in search of food. More people travel during the summer when they can spend time at the beaches or take a vacation.
So, there is a risk that living in warmer temperatures increases the risk of diseases spread by insects that carry bacteria or viruses.
Climate change will cause disease-carrying insects and animals to move into new areas and introduce new diseases in places where there are no natural defences against them.
Vector-borne Diseases: Vector-borne diseases are spread by mosquitoes, ticks and other insects that carry germs or viruses from one person to another. These include malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and yellow fever.
The World Health Organisation estimates that climate change will increase the range of many vector-borne diseases as warmer weather extends the period when mosquitoes can thrive and reproduce.
In addition, rising temperatures may expand the habitat areas for disease-carrying insects like ticks or mosquitoes. This could put more people at risk of getting infected with these diseases.
Waterborne Diseases: Waterborne diseases are caused by bacteria found in contaminated water sources such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.
They can cause diarrhoea, skin rashes and other health problems if you drink contaminated water or come into contact with it during recreational activities such as swimming or wading in a lake or river.
Climate change is expected to increase the extent of drought conditions around the world and reduce rainfall in some areas. This could lead to more outbreaks of waterborne disease because there will be less fresh water available.
Changing Climates Could Make Allergies and Asthma Worse
Climate change is also expected to make allergies and asthma worse.
Allergies are on the rise, and climate change is expected to exacerbate that trend. For example, warmer weather in some areas has led to increased ragweed pollen production. Even higher than the average for ragweed season.
That means people with hay fever can expect more sneezing when they go outside this summer. As temperatures increase overall, mould spores will also become more common in certain areas of the country where mould prefers warmer climates.
Climate change is already being blamed for a host of health problems, including allergies, asthma and even heart disease.
In addition to increasing allergies, climate change could also cause an increase in dust mite allergens.
The warming temperatures mean that dust mites are thriving in homes and schools across the country.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live off human skin cells, which they find on bedding and carpets. They feed on these skin cells by digesting them with enzymes and then excreting the undigested parts as waste.
The waste from dust mites can cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.
Because of this, some people develop allergies to dust mite waste as well as to other things that contain proteins from dust mites like their droppings or shed skins.
The Effects of Climate Change on Your Mental Health
It’s no secret that climate change is harming our mental health. But what exactly does this mean?
Well, for starters, it can cause stress and anxiety. If your community is experiencing the effects of climate change, whether it be flooding or drought.
If you aren’t feeling like you’re getting enough support from friends, family and/or government officials to make things better, then that could lead to some serious feelings of worry and despair.
The same goes for depression: if something as seemingly small as a lack of rain leaves your crops wilted in the field, something which happens more frequently these days. Then it could be enough to cause someone to feel depressed about their situation.
In addition to causing distress in adults with existing mental health issues, there are signs that children’s mental health may also suffer from climate change-induced stressors such as droughts and floods.
The changing climate is taking a serious toll on human health. A study has found that climate change will make around half of the global population vulnerable to mental health issues.
The link between climate change and mental health is complex. But there’s no denying that natural disasters and other extreme weather events can cause more distress in adults with existing mental health issues.
Your health is directly affected by the changing climate, including extreme weather events.
The most immediate effect of climate change is extreme weather events. Extreme weather events can have a direct impact on your health, whether they come in the form of floods and hurricanes or heat waves and droughts.
Extreme weather events can also have indirect impacts on your health through their effects on local economies, food security and infrastructure.
And these impacts can be exacerbated by other factors like poverty, poor access to healthcare and limited access to clean water and sanitation services.
Climate change will continue to affect us all – both directly and indirectly – but some people are more vulnerable than others.
The poorest communities suffer most because they already live with so many other risks that climate change adds to the mix.
For example, people living in poverty are less likely to have access to adequate housing or healthcare services. So, if their homes are ever damaged by floods or storms their chances of surviving these events are reduced even further.
Air pollution is a growing problem in many areas of the world due to increased emissions from vehicles and power plants. Air pollution affects everyone but is especially harmful to children.
This is because their bodies are still developing, and they breathe more rapidly than adults.
Extreme heat, drought, wildfires and floods can all affect our health. Climate change is a threat to everybody’s physical health and mental well-being.
With the changing climate comes more storms, higher temperatures, and longer droughts. These changes can affect your health, home, community and even your job.
Climate change manifests itself in many ways. From the dreaded wildfires and flooding disasters we see on the news, to far less noticeable changes such as increasingly extreme weather events.
However, these only scratch the surface of what can be attributed to our changing climate.
The health of the planet goes beyond appearances and affects more than just animals and plants, we humans are susceptible to its effects as well.
While it is easy to think of climate change as an abstract concept that does not directly affect our daily lives, we can no longer deny that the health of our planet is vital to our own health as well.
It is time for us all to rise up and help before it is too late.