Scientific research proves that our planet is getting warmer and warmer year after year. Weather conditions continue to drive farther and farther away from the norm. Glaciers are melting, water levels are rising. Climate change affects all of us. National Geographic has compiled a list of five ways climate change affects human health.
Negative effects on cardiovascular health
Global warming will likely increase the number of heat waves along with pollution. Research shows that high pollution level causes an increase in the number of patients with cardiovascular problems.
Increased number of allergies
Recent research has shown that the number of allergy cases in developing countries has been on a rise lately. This may be linked to the increase of CO2 emissions and rising air temperature. Warmer weather causes plants to bloom early. With that, pollen released by plants causes more allergies. Although whether or not a person is predisposed towards allergy is dictated by genetics, longer and more intensive plant blooming periods can make symptoms more acute.
Global warming causes heat waves, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters to occur more often. Natural disasters kill thousands of people and cause tremendous amounts of damage every year. Research shows that heat waves could potentially become more often in the future.
Desertification to cause hunger
Improper soil management and climate change can potentially cause global desertification or soil degradation in dry territories. This will likely reduce the size of agricultural land and make it harder to feed the growing world population, which means – more hunger.
Increased spread of Malaria
Climate change and increase of precipitation in known territories of the planet can potentially increase the spread of dangerous diseases. Rise of atmospheric temperature and precipitation means good conditions for growth and development of insects that are capable of transmitting dangerous diseases, like Malaria, to areas of the planet in which such diseases are not traditionally found.
Climate research shows that there had been periods of major climate change in our planet’s history. The question as to how climate change can potentially impact human health has become especially topical nowadays.