Three ways climate change affects our health today

Three ways climate change affects our health today

A new report by the Lancet medical journal details “unequivocal and potentially irreversible” growing threats to public health from climate change. The report found that the delayed action on climate change worldwide has jeopardized human life and livelihoods over the past 25 years, with harms “far worse than previously understood.”

A related briefing, produced by the American Public Health Association for U.S. policymakers, highlighted worrisome trends that are affecting Americans’ health right now.

Exposure to dangerous heat is increasing

The briefing noted that between 2000 and 2016, Americans, on average, saw temperatures rise by around 1°C. Today, an additional 14.5 million Americans suffer through heat waves each year. The 1995 Chicago heat wave offers a case study in the impact of severe heat on human health. When temperatures exceed 100°F, deaths spike. In that heat wave, more than 500 people died in a single day.

 

Source: Ecowatch

Date: November 2017

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