Climate Change Is Worse For Our Health Than We Thought
Climate change is worse for us than we thought. There are changes in the way diseases are appearing. We might see increases or decreases in certain cases, but overall, our health is being put at risk. Climate change is a topic which is often surrounded by polarising opinions and political debate, but it is likely to really affect you and the people you know in the coming decades.
Climate Change Is Making People Sick
The planet is getting hotter, and that could mean a higher chance of sickness for you. With extreme weather events like floods, droughts, and hurricanes becoming more prominent in recent years, it’s important to understand how health can be threatened by climate change.
Take heart disease as an example, heat waves have been linked to an increase in heart attacks and cardiovascular deaths.
In fact, heat stress can take its toll on your body in many ways — from dizziness and fainting to muscle cramps or even heat exhaustion or stroke if left untreated.
The most obvious way that climate change affects health is through extreme weather events like floods and heat waves. These natural disasters put people at risk for injury or death as well as infectious disease outbreaks like cholera.
Flood waters can also lead to pollution problems as they wash out waste and sewage into drinking water sources.
But climate change also has an impact on day-to-day life through air quality changes and temperature fluctuations. Air pollution from burning fossil fuels can cause respiratory problems such as asthma attacks or lung cancer for those who are susceptible to these illnesses.
Heatwaves Are Killing People Of All Ages
It’s not just the elderly we have to worry about when it comes to the heat. A new study has found that young adults are dying during heatwaves as well.
Heatwaves are becoming more common as the planet heats up because of climate change. And young adults may be at an even higher risk than anyone else.
Scientists say that heatwaves are one of the most serious threats associated with climate change. Heatwaves are defined as periods of unusually high temperatures for an extended period, usually several days or longer.
They can pose serious risks to public health, especially for vulnerable populations such as older adults and young children.
Researchers have found that young adults were at higher risk during heatwaves than older people because they were more likely to engage in outdoor activities during hot weather.
They also tended to spend more time outdoors than older adults who were less physically active or had disabilities that prevented them from going outside.
Younger adults also had higher rates of obesity, because of a sedentary lifestyle. Making them more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses like sunstroke, dehydration, and kidney failure.
Wildfires Expose People To Toxic Air
Wildfires are devastating. They destroy homes, neighbourhoods, and forests. And they can also pose a threat to human health.
If the wildfires present any danger, it’s not the flames themselves, but the smoky air masses that follow. These heavy smoke clouds bring with them multiple health threats to people in their path.
The biggest concern for wildfire smoke is the pollutants particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3).
PM2.5 are tiny particles that pollute the atmosphere by reducing visibility and causing respiratory problems in humans and animals alike.
Ozone forms when there is a chemical reaction between volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sunlight.
Both pollutants have been linked to heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks in people with asthma or other respiratory conditions like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Smoke inhalation can cause symptoms like those caused by exposure to other airborne irritants such as dust or pollen. This includes coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose.
But at higher concentrations, smoke can cause more serious symptoms including chest pain or tightness, and severe breathing difficulties.
Air Pollution Is Making Allergies And Asthma Worse
The reality of pollution is bleak enough in my experience, whether it be within the air I breathe or that of the land I walk on. But as with most circumstances, learning more about something can only be an added benefit. Maybe not to you individually but to society at large.
Pollution has been known to increase allergies and asthma, which is now beginning to be researched and shown more often than ever before.
Pollution is defined as “contamination by harmful substances which are introduced by humans into the environment.” This means that anything from automobiles to factories can cause pollution.
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But also, simple things like cigarette smoke or even just personal hygiene products we use every day (shampoo, conditioner, soap).
It is important to realise that all these different sources of pollution can affect each other so all of us should be aware of all of them so we can decrease their effects on the environment and our health.
Pollution is one of those things that we all know exists, but don’t always think about. When I think about air pollution, I think about it in terms of the city where I live or perhaps in the country. But really, it’s everywhere.
Major Flooding Causes A Spike In Waterborne Illnesses
Flooding in your city or town means a lot of things for the residents, but for others, it can mean an increase in cases of waterborne illness.
Public health officials, sanitation workers and others all play a role in dealing with the sickness that results from floods and the personal hygiene issues it creates.
Waterborne illnesses are caused by germs that live in water, food or on surfaces. When people encounter germs in these ways, they may become sick.
The germs can be spread through contact with an infected person, through contaminated food or water or by touching objects and surfaces where germs have been left behind.
The most common type of waterborne illness is diarrhoea caused by viruses or bacteria found in sewage systems during and after flooding events. People can get this type of illness when they swallow contaminated water or food.
Even touching contaminated surfaces or encountering someone who has been exposed to contaminated floodwaters increases your risk of infection.
People who live near flooded areas are most at risk of getting sick from contaminated water supplies. This is mainly because sewage systems can overflow during heavy rains, sending raw sewage into nearby rivers and streams.
Malaria, Dengue Fever And Lyme Disease Are Spreading
Malaria, dengue fever and Lyme disease are spreading. In the same areas we are seeing these diseases spread, a new drug-resistant strain of malaria is emerging.
There’s a very real chance that without quick and effective measures there will be a major increase in cases throughout the world.
If left untreated, malaria can cause severe illness and death. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea within hours or days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Severe malaria causes blood disorders such as anaemia or low red blood cell count (anaemia). It can also cause kidney failure or neurological problems such as seizures (convulsions), coma or permanent brain damage.
Dengue fever is a viral infection that is transmitted through mosquitoes. Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as more serious illnesses including dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome.
Dengue is a tropical disease that occurs in subtropical areas and the Caribbean. It is a significant public health problem for many countries around the world.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection that causes symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle and joint aches. Left untreated, it can spread to the heart, joints, and brain.
Some people experience mild symptoms but are still infectious, while others have more severe symptoms that occur later.
If you suspect you may have an infectious disease you should talk to your health care professional.
Droughts Are Becoming A Public Health Emergency
Droughts are a serious problem. They can cause food shortages and even lead to wars. Droughts have been around for thousands of years and will probably be around for thousands more.
Droughts are caused by many different factors and are not always easy to predict. They occur when there is not enough water available for plants or animals.
This can happen because there is not enough rainfall or snowfall, or because the soil is too dry for plants to absorb water from the ground. Other causes include evaporation from the earth’s surface and transpiration from plants (when they release water through their leaves).
Droughts usually last for months or years at a time.
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Drought conditions can be prevented by planting trees that act as windbreaks and reduce evaporation. Building reservoirs that hold water during periods of heavy rain.
Covering exposed soil with mulch or vegetation so it doesn’t evaporate. And using less water in farming practices and using more efficient irrigation systems on farms when necessary.
Droughts occur more frequently when temperatures rise. This is because droughts are caused by a lack of rainfall which results in water supplies drying up. A rise in temperature acts as a catalyst for droughts to occur as water evaporates faster which reduces the amount of water available.
Rainfall is essential for plants to grow and survive through photosynthesis. When there is less rainfall, it becomes harder for plants to grow and reproduce successfully.
Rising Temperatures Contribute To Food Insecurity
Unpredictable extreme weather, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are causing concern in the agricultural sector in many regions across the world.
Food security is a growing concern as global warming increases pest attacks, causes drought in some areas and floods in others, and alters the growing season.
Extreme heat is responsible for a significant amount of crop loss each year. Heat stress causes reduced yields, reduced quality, and shorter shelf life for crops such as wheat and maize.
For example, it reduces wheat yields by up to 35% when temperatures exceed 30C for three or more days during flowering or grain filling.
This can result in higher prices for consumers as farmers seek to recover their losses by selling more expensive varieties of crops that are less susceptible to heat stress.
A recent study has warned about increasing hunger for poor people living in cities due to extreme weather events such as floods or droughts leading to crop failures.
It says that this could lead to political instability and civil unrest even without major rises in food prices. This is because people would be unable to afford necessities such as clothing or shelter due to higher prices for foodstuffs.
Climate-Related Natural Disasters Are Likely To Increase
It’s tough to make the argument that climate change isn’t taking a toll on the global environment. Over the past few years, we’ve suffered several climate-related natural disasters that have had devastating effects on communities across the globe.
From hurricanes to wildfires and even flooding, we’re seeing more extreme weather events than ever before. And these aren’t just isolated incidents either. They’re part of a trend that scientists have been tracking for decades — climate change.
As the world warms up due to greenhouse gas emissions, the planet is experiencing more frequent and severe extreme weather events like hurricanes, floods, and droughts.
These events can lead to loss of life as well as catastrophic economic damage from crop losses, property damage and lost tourism dollars.
There’s no doubt that climate change is already having an impact on people’s lives all around the world, both directly and indirectly through increased extreme weather events.
But it gets worse when you consider that many people are underestimating their risks because of inaccurate or incomplete information about their exposure.
Climate change is a public health issue and understanding what it can do to your body is important.
Climate change is real and here to stay. And while some may still be sceptical about the effects of global warming, there’s no denying that climate change is real and it’s happening right now.
The most obvious sign of climate change is the increase in temperatures across the globe. But there are other ways that climate change affects our bodies — from heat stroke to more severe problems like respiratory diseases.
Heat waves and other extreme temperatures can kill you. Extreme heat waves have already killed thousands of people in Europe in the past few years. And those deaths are expected to increase as the planet continues to warm.
The heat could also make some people more susceptible to sicknesses like the West Nile virus or Lyme disease. Mosquitoes thrive in warm weather but die off when temperatures drop below freezing.
Extreme weather events like floods and storms can also kill you. Floods are responsible for about two-thirds of all natural disasters around the world.
They’re becoming more common as sea levels rise due to melting ice sheets and glaciers on land. Storms can also cause injuries from flying debris or drowning if they cause flash floods or torrential rains that cause rivers to overflow their banks.
Climate change is a public health issue. If you’ve ever been outside in the sweltering heat, it’s obvious that the climate is changing. But what you might not realise is that your body is also being affected by the rising temperatures.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to protect yourself from the heat. The bad news is that there’s nothing we can do to stop climate change — at least not yet.
Climate change is not just warming our oceans and turning up the heat. Now a new report suggests that rising temperatures are also harming our health.
While many of us don’t think about climate change that often, the fact is that it dramatically affects our lives.
Whether you believe in climate change or not, there are steps you can take to mitigate the effects of this phenomenon on your body. We need to act now if we want to live long and healthy lives.
So, take the time now to understand what climate change can do to us and how it’s affecting our environment.
Together, we can build a better world for ourselves and generations in the future.