Evidence that climate change is already having a profound effect, which is also detrimental to public health, is becoming more and more difficult to ignore. Warmer temperatures throughout the world are creating complications and bringing along a whole host of challenges to the health and a number of them have been obvious to everyone in 2017.
20,000 delegates from throughout the world are preparing to meet in Bonn, Germany not for playing real money slots but for participating in the annual climate conference held by the United Nations. The unusually warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean have assisted in producing a record number of 10 hurricanes during the season which has affected people and communities starting from Texas and going on to the Caribbean and even Ireland.
Even as the America’s were dealing with hurricanes and devastation Europe was sweltering under a heat wave that was bad enough to be named Lucifer. The conditions were no different in southwest America, which was suffering from a heat wave of a similar kind. The wildfires that sparked on scorched lands began during the same time when the hurricanes were hitting other parts of America and engulfed Western Europe, California and the Pacific Northwest.
The Lancet this week published a report which provided an annual evaluation of how climate change is affecting public health which provides suggestions about how the actions of countries candidates greenhouse gas emissions in order to reduce health risks. The Journal is one of the world’s most prestigious concluded that climate change is already affecting the health of millions of people globally after the study was conducted by a group of leading doctors, policy professionals and academicians.
How does climate change affect the health of people? The changing weather patterns are altering the transmission patterns of diseases that are infectious apart from causing heat waves and hurricanes and are resulting in unexpected outbreaks of conditions like malaria, cholera, dengue fever and West Nile virus. Climate change is also making the allergy season longer. Incidences of Lyme disease have also been observed in the United States over the last two decades. Floods are increasing in severity as well as being more regular and creating breeding grounds for insects, which have the potential to carry diseases. Climate change has become a problem, which has also reduced crop yields and has led to the cause of widespread malnourishment, which also leads to nutrition deficiencies.
Unfortunately, the burden of climate change is being borne by children and this will continue to be the case along with low-income vulnerable populations and the elderly. These are the people that have done little to cause the climate change and have not benefited at all from the burning of fossil fuels. However, there can be no misunderstanding that every individual on this planet will feel the impact of climate change. What is currently being experienced is perhaps just the beginning it should be the most concerning matter regarding climate change.
Can the delegates attending the conference of the United Nations bring about any changes after they have completed their discussions? The chances of conclusive actions being taken are remote and one can only hope they decide on doing something for the future within a short time.