Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm

Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm

Meanwhile, nine of the top 10 years where conditions were most ripe for dengue fever transmission have occurred since 2000, the report said.

Compared to a 1986-2005 baseline, The Lancet Countdown's heat indicators found that there were over 220 million additional exposures to heatwaves in 2018.

"Administrators and health-care workers are ready for it, they want it".

In Australia, bushfires have killed at least four people and meteorologists say climate change is increasing the "frequency and severity" of the danger. "That means that kid will experience a 4C world", Nick Watts, govt director of The Lancet Countdown, informed AFP.

With increasing diarrhea diseases, more unsafe heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming is already harming public health around the world, the annual climate change and health report from the medical journal The Lancet said Wednesday. Local weather change is already harming individuals' health by growing the variety of excessive climate occasions and exacerbating air pollution, in line with an annual examine printed on Thursday in The Lancet medical journal.

More children will also be susceptible to infectious disease outbreaks.

For example, malnutrition in India is responsible for two-thirds of deaths of children under five and at the same time, the yield of food like maize and rice has declined by 2% since the 1960s.

Spurred on by climate change, dengue has become the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world, as per the report.

As children grow older, the impact of air pollution is only poised to worsen.

And in a world where hurricanes, floods and wildfires are more frequent, political instability and mental health problems can be downstream consequences of catastrophic weather events.

Most countries have experienced an increase in people exposed to wildfires since 2001-2004 with a financial toll per person 48 times larger than flooding.

"The incidence of asthma for instance, we see it is directly related to the environment that the child is in among other variables as well", said Richard Carmona, a former surgeon general in the George W. Bush administration, who was not involved in the report. "So I think [reduced] quality of life, I would say, we definitely can say has an impact on children born today". This is 63 million more than in 2017 and 11 million more than in 2015-the year of record heatwaves.

"With its huge population and high rates of healthcare inequality, poverty, and malnutrition, few countries are likely to suffer from the health effects of climate change as much as India", said study co-author Poornima Prabhakaran from the Public Health Foundation of India.

A new report discovers that the climate crisis is already damaging our health and may burden future generations to come with lifelong health problems. These people are not able to respond adequately also because the public health challenge is compounded by poor health health systems and infrastructure.

The average temperature in Canada, according to the report, increased 1.7 C between 1948 and 2016 - twice the global average. Health impact should be part of the discussion on climate change, they said.

Similarly, the number of hungry people was projected to be 22.5% higher at 90.5 million with the impacts of climate change in 2030, against 73.9 million without it.

In a briefing directed at European Union policymakers, researchers have warned that rising temperatures are increasing the range of disease-bearing mosquitos, while estimating that air pollution caused primarily by fossil fuel consumption costs European Union nations between €330-940bn a year.

Achieving the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming is ambitious, yes.

What can policy makers do?

The report also highlights tactics to adapt to changes in the climate that are unavoidable.

According to CAPE, 71 per cent of the health-care sector's global climate footprint can be attributed to its supply chain, such as production, packaging and transportation of goods.

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