Climate Change To Reverse 50 Years Of Global Health Advancements

Posted: Jun 24 2015, 9:07am CDT | by , in News | Misc


Climate Change to Reverse 50 Years of Global Health Advancements
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Study suggests that climate change may effect 50 years of of health advances.

The loss of natural habitats has been taking the center stage in reports about climate change, but now a major new study has shed light on the direct effects that heat waves, flooding and droughts will have on the human health over the next century.

This new study was published on Monday in the British medical journal The Lancet and has provided new knowledge into the widespread health risks that are related to climate change. 

The study states that the implications of climate change for the world population of 9 billion people threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health. Moreover the study also states that the human populations will likely be growing, aging and migrating towards greater vulnerability to climate risks.

According to the study by the year 2100 the exposure of people to extreme rainfall will more than quadruple compared to the 1990s. Apart from this the exposure of people to drought will triple. 

Moreover the study has also predicted that the change in climate will result in adverse changes in air pollution, food insecurity, the spread of disease and under-nutrition, displacement and even mental health by the year 2100.

Plus as the global population of people older than 65 will continue to increase, 3 billion more older people will experience heat waves in 2100 than did in the 1990s. Moreover as elderly people are more vulnerable to health consequences in extreme temperatures, the hot weather will mean more lives than they do now.  

The study also states that women may suffer more than men as women’s and girls’ nutrition tends to suffer more during periods of climate related food scarcity than that of their male counterparts. 

Apart from this study the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that in the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gases the United States by the end of this century would be facing up to $180 billion in economic losses due to drought and water shortages.

White House officials stated that this report by the EPA which analyzes the economic costs of a changing climate across 20 different sectors of the American economy is up till now the most comprehensive effort to quantify the impacts of global warming. 

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