News By/Courtesy: Lia Jils | 26 Sep 2020 9:32am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increasing heart and lung diseases due to climate change.
  • Climate change can also effect a person mentally.
  • Which communities are prone to health -related diseases due to climate change.

According to the Centre for climate, health, and the global environment at Harvard University, like an iceberg climate change affects our health. The National Medical Association did a survey and found that 88% of doctors found that they were seeing changes in health in their patients due to climate change. The main diseases reported were exacerbation of preexisting heart and lung diseases. But injuries from wildfires such as smoke inhalation are also common. Climate change causes asthma, a traumatic injury caused by climate-related severe weather, water, and food-borne illnesses. Allergies such as vector-borne diseases also effect mentally and emotionally like loss of property or life due to climate disasters. These problems are mainly caused because the world is getting hotter.

Climate change also affects pregnant women when they are exposed to extreme temperatures their fetuses may be at an increased risk of congenital heart defects. Climate change also causes diseases like Lyme disease by carrying insects like ticks into new areas. Heat plays an important role in spreading viruses like West Nile and Zika, by altering the lifespan of mosquitos. There will be an increase in air pollution which lengthens the ragweed pollen season which causes allergies and asthma. It's very concerning that allergy medications to adults sometimes have to be given to kids. But the health effects are getting worse. A student can fall behind in school if he or she lives in a non - air-conditioned buildings. Those who do not have air- conditioners at their homes, the increasing heat can impair sleep and create health issues. Harsh weather conditions and climate-related diseases are very common in the past few years. Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires also can kill millions of people and causes issues like smoke inhalation. Climate change also damages infrastructure. Power outages are becoming common. In many areas, they aren't getting much precipitation but in the U.S experiencing heavy downpours. As a result, there is heavy leaking in houses. The mental impacts include post-traumatic stress disorder caused if a hurricane rips through a town. 

Not all populations are prone to heath related effects due to climate change. The young, elderly, low income are particularly vulnerable. Children are at risk physically because they are growing which makes them susceptible to illness from increased air and water pollution. Pregnant women are also vulnerable groups. They become dehydrated and can even go into premature labor due to heat. Thus climate change has worse health effects.

 

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 26 Sep 2020 21:41pm IST


Tags : #climate change #environment

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