One of the most respected medical journals has published a report that claims climate change poses health risks that could undo 50 years of health progress.
The report was published on Monday in the journal The Lancet and claims that due to climate change and it’s creating factors, most of the medical advancements are futile in keeping up with human health risks.
The report’s authors say that the potential risk posed by climate change to human health is largely underestimated.
Tackling the problem however could unite planetary efforts and become the greatest global health opportunity in history.
The report analyzed climate change effects and conditions and looked into how they impact human health.
The report inspected what possible changes could be made using current technologies in order to promote and advance human health.
Pollution, bad air quality and water contamination pose some of the greatest threats to human development and healthcare.
For example during heat waves the risk of cardiac arrest, neurological problems and loss of consciousness increase.
Considering how some of the factors that create climate change are also increasing the risk of cardiovascular medical conditions it is necessary to put them all together.
Food contaminated with poisonous chemical agents poses direct risks to the human body.
But those same chemical agents are responsible for ground water contaminations , microbiological poisoning in the earth and many more worrying situations.
Extreme wheatear affects crop yield and sometimes determines human health risk situations like malnutrition or starvation.
It can also increase the change of floods that break down the urban and rural sanitation systems.
This can mean that bacteria from sewers and other storage facilities can infiltrate clean water supplies putting entire populations at risk.
Air pollution affects the human body’s lung and breathing systems, and can cause a large number of diseases and painful conditions.
Water contamination can affect the plants in the environment preventing growth which in turn prevents certain plants from naturally filtering dangerous substances like CO2.
Some of the solutions proposed by the report include urban sports development, pedestrian and bicycle encouragement or green areas development.
Commissioned and published by The Lancet medical journal, the report was created specialists including European and climate scientists, from the fields of geography , sociology , health care management, and engineering.
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