Climate Change is Complicating the Whole Host of Health Challenges

Climate change is significantly affecting the health of public around the world since the year 2000.  Mosquito-borne diseases are spreading due to the stoking of heat waves.

According to an international consortium of climate experts, the effects of climate change will become worse if adequate changes aren’t made.

Particles emitted when fuels, such as coal or diesel, are burned and these particles are exceeding recommended levels of atmospheric particulate matter around more than 2,100 cities globally. These particles are small enough to enter into the lungs according to the report published in the medical journal. About 44 cities in the U.K. exceeded levels mentioned by the World Health Organization.

Warmer temperatures are complicating the health of populations and creating a whole host of health challenges.

To examine the links between climate change and public health a project was held which involved 63 researchers from two dozen institutions around the world, including climate scientists, geographers, engineers, ecologists, mathematicians, political scientists and experts who study food, energy, and transportation.

A Lancet commission announced in 2009 that the climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.

Professor of environmental epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Paul Wilkinson, said, “Air pollution is one of the leading causes of premature mortality globally.” He was also a co-author of the report.

The latest report highlights the most dramatic trends in health impacts and need of addressing the health issues.