Health: The Effects of Global Warming

A study recently published by the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has noted the negative effects of global warming on human health. The report warned that the climate change “threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health.” They noted that extreme weather like more flooding and hurricanes, could cause more health emergencies and affect food supply. In addition, they provided insight that increasing temperatures could heighten the likelihood of getting heat strokes, especially for the growing older demographic, as well as multiply the amount of bacteria and parasites that transmit diseases. Also the rise in Greenhouse emissions, which worsens air quality, could cause more asthma attacks and heart problems. The report addressed many worse case scenarios, but the researchers acknowledge that things can be changed if efforts are made such as reducing carbon pollution. George Thurston, professor of environmental science adds, “The value of the health benefits from clean air are going to more than offset the costs of climate change mitigation.”

Contributor: Rebecca Zuo

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  1. KristyJ     June 25, 2015 at 1:16pm

    Fascinating read. Spending so much time in the medical community, I have noticed a increasing trend of Environmental causes of illnesses.

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