Climate Change Affects our Health

by AlexandraGevry on April 3, 2018 - 4:13pm

The article ‟How Climate Change Could Affect Your Health” written by Sylvie Tremblay suggests that climate change is changing our health.  One of the most direct risks of climate change is that humans have greater chance of developing heat-related illness. Rising temperatures mean more intense heat waves that strongly increase risks of heat-related illness. In fact, there are two risk factors for heat illness that American may be particularly at risk: high rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity. Moreover, global warming also mean greater transmission of infectious diseases, and changes in local ecosystems all around the world. In the article, the World Health Organization mentioned that warmer-than-average winters men higher rates of mosquitos breeding and survival. Of course, mosquitos carry dangerous infections (malaria and zika virus), and better survival means more opportunities to spread disease. Furthermore, the World Health Organization reports that climate change mean forest-dwelling bugs (like ticks). They can survive in new areas and bringing with them higher rates of lyme disease. It could up the risk of cholera. The most important part of this article that we have to retain is that global warming means higher rates of cancer. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains that the impacts of extreme weather patterns can increase cancer risks. Heavy rainfall and flooding cause an increase of exposure to carcinogenic compounds. Also, higher temperatures mean that more of those chemicals can evaporate into the atmosphere (make their way into your lungs). Skin cancer is one example of the impacts of climate change on our health: stronger ultraviolet rays could increase risks of sun expose-related cancers. Air pollution increase cancer risks, as well. Also, extreme weather events can directly injure or kill people (like tornadoes).  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences also noticed that global warming contributes to droughts, which can have impacts on our food supply. The article proposes many ways for combating climate change at home. For example, we need to follow the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. One thing the autor proposes is that we need to organize locally in order to keep our community clean and green.

Climate change does not just affect our health but also all the species in the world. Global warming is the cause of species extinction and animals are severely affected by this (like tigers, snow leopards, Asian rhinos, African elephants, and polar bears). It is very sad to consider that many species will die because of us. Furthermore, polar ice shields are melting and the sea is rising. Global warming is an urgent problem these days and here are the things that we can do about it: buy local if possible, line dry your clothes, offset your carbon emissions, and become vegetarian (better vegan).


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