Environmental issues affect human health directly and indirectly – Loquitur


There are so many ways our climate impacts the world every day. Although extreme temperatures and weather conditions have a big effect on our present, they will have an even bigger effect on how we will have to live in the future.

Specifically, the increase in global warming in our world will also lead to a sharp increase in disease.

According to the WHO, between the years 2030 and 2050, climate change will cause approximately 250,000 deaths per year. Although it may seem far-fetched, it is realistic. Over the next few decades, the disease will spread easily without proper precautions, causing a major outbreak around the world.

Rising temperatures:

According to Smithsonianmag.com, the number of hot days is expected to increase from its current average of four to six days per year to 33 to 45 by 2070.

For example, when it comes to air pollution, the Clean Air Act was put in place to protect the amount of emissions released into the air. That doesn’t mean that everyone respects that, though.

Air pollution can cause more asthma. This is because people will not be able to breathe clean air or air containing so much carbon.

In addition, with extreme weather conditions, people’s bodies will not be able to withstand it. More droughts will increase the amount of heat stroke or heat stress. This is caused by hot weather and even dehydration at this time. There are simple signs such as hot and dry skin, flushed face and high body temperature that are important to be aware of.

When you have allergies, weather is usually the cause, but they will only get worse due to weather conditions. According to National Geographic, “When exposed to warmer temperatures and higher CO2 levels, plants grow more vigorously and produce more pollen than they would otherwise.” The rising heat and the spread of germs will make immune systems want to attack whatever comes their way. It may seem difficult to kill these diseases, but it can be done.

“Adopting healthy lifestyles, including exercise, healthy eating, stress management, and age-appropriate screenings for health risks, all promote healthy living and early detection of disease. “said Susan Fitzgerald, Cabrini’s nurse.

Extreme weather conditions

Damage caused by extreme weather conditions can have repercussions around the world. Some diseases such as malaria, dengue and hantavirus are transmitted by vectors and are dangerous. These diseases are carried by humans, animals or plants.

Although these diseases may take a while to reach the United States, they still affect people every day in poorer countries.

Global travel and climate change may cause these diseases to congregate in countries where they were previously unknown. According to the US Global Change Research Organization, other vulnerable groups of people include low-income people, certain communities of color, immigrant groups, indigenous peoples, children and pregnant women, the elderly, vulnerable occupational groups, people with disabilities and people with disabilities. pre-existing or chronic medical conditions.

Climate change in poorer countries can lead to lower growth due to lack of water. When people share or reuse the same water for eating and cleaning, disease is likely to occur. These countries are also less exposed to health care, which means they are spreading disease unknowingly. People who travel come to the United States and spread the disease.

Cholera is one of the worst waterborne diseases. Cholera occurs by drinking contaminated water. Contaminated water happens more often than most realize with pollution. Water from all parts of the world due to extreme weather conditions, traveling to each other, carrying many unknown particles.

Sea level rise:

Sea levels are also rising and impacting people in ways that may not seem related to weather conditions. The effects of this cause more natural disasters, forcing people to leave their homes. This happens more often and increases the chances of anxiety or depression.

“As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, I have experienced the devastation of what natural disasters are capable of. With the increasing impacts of global warming, research suggests there will be an increase in hurricane intensity along the coastal regions. After Hurricane Katrina stripped me of everything I once had, emotions of anxiety and fear overwhelm me when I receive news of the next impending storm,” said Ellie Temonia, a biology student.

Health care is very relevant and the whole world is affected. The health of more people is threatened, and the different aspects of health will kill people entirely.

Graphic by Hope Daluisio

“Reduce, reuse, recycle if we don’t do these things, the climate will only get worse and we will get sicker,” said biologist Juliana Khanuja.


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