A report that was published on Wednesday has stated that human health can experience severe impacts due to the change in climatic conditions and the future predictions state that the conditions will not get any better.
Reports Warn Of Serious Impacts On Health Due To Climate Change
According to a news report by The Lancet medical journal, speculations persist that food production would be affected by droughts, and harmful pathogens such as malaria and cholera would spread more due to the increase in temperatures. It also stated that the current trends of the climate are pointing towards a “code red” for human health in the future.
The Lancet Countdown report gets published each year and the information provided in it is given after tracking forty-four metrics of the health impacts of climate change.
The impact of climate change on infectious disease transmission and food production is also included in it, which has been researched by experts that are affiliated with more than forty groups of the United Nations and educational institutions.
The report has stated that in six months of the year 2020, 51.6 million people have been affected by eighty-four disasters caused due to floods, droughts, and storms in some countries that are already having a hard time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The authors of the report wrote that they found the world already struggling with an ongoing health crisis caused due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and now the health impacts are also coming into play due to climate change, for which no progress has been made in the protection of the human population.
The report included that a record-breaking heatwave swept the US Pacific Northwest that has resulted in more than one thousand deaths, and this has been caused as a result of climate change.
They said that temperatures broke records by reaching over forty degrees Celsius in the areas of the Pacific Northwest of the USA and Canadian in June 2021. The people that are above the age of sixty-five along with babies that are less than a year old are found to be the most affected due to these heat waves caused due to climate changes.
A global health and emergency professor of medicine at the University of Washington, namely Dr. Jeremy Hess, who is also a co-author of the report said that he has seen some of these effects being caused on the health due to climate changes firsthand.
He described that he was taking care of patients in two hospitals in Seattle during the time of heatwave and he explained that both he and his patients experienced the effects of climate change. He explained paramedics had knee burns due to sitting down on their knees to take care of patients with heatstroke. He also saw many patients dying in the ED due to heat exposure in the past year.
The rise in climate temperatures has also increased the transmission rates of malaria and cholera to a greater number of months since the 1950s. Viruses that contain the potential of causing epidemics, such as Zika and dengue viruses, have risen globally. It is also speculated that other arboviruses that are emerging or re-emerging and are transmitted through mosquitoes are also likely to increase due to climate change.