Climate change has damaging effects on humans

Posted on 2017-11-07

A worrying report published by The Lancet Countdown has highlighted the devastating effects climate change is having on human health and wellbeing of the population. The report includes all the ways climate change is influencing malnutrition, heatwaves, and natural disasters.

Billions of people are already affected by climate change and by 2030 to 2050 deaths related to climate change will increase by an additional 250,000.

“The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible – affecting the health of populations around the world, today,” the report concludes. Whilst these effects will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in society, every community will be affected.

It is also keen to emphasize that something should have been done about the problem long ago. Frameworks like the Paris Agreement are certainly welcome, but “the delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardized human life and livelihoods.”

The report identified that malnutrition was the biggest impact to health, especially in hotter countries. The rise in temperatures results in crops yielding less food, affecting the most vulnerable communities. Unfortunately, these poor communities are also the most affected by air pollution, responsible for killing 6 million people every year.
The rising sea levels will cause almost a billion to migrate by 2100, and the heating around the equator will also cause mosquitos and similar parasites to migrate either north or south.

A lot of the damage has already been done and unfortunately, it can not be changed. However, the authors seem positive and encourage more action against the influencers of climate change

“The potential benefits and opportunities are enormous, including cleaning the air of polluted cities, delivering more nutritious diets, ensuring energy, food, and water security, and alleviating poverty and social and economic inequalities,” they explained.

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