Report warns climate change is causing devastating and fatal consequences on our children and grandchildren NOW
A new report from the Global Health Alliance Australia in partnership with Monash University in Melbourne has some sobering news: Climate change is already causing death, malnutrition, and the stunting of child growth across the world. And the situation is only getting worse.
According to The Guardian, Misha Coleman, one of the report’s authors, had this to say about what her team found:
“There are absolutely people dying climate-related deaths, [especially due to] heat stress right now.
“During the Black Saturday fires [in Victoria in 2009] for example, we know that people were directly killed by the fires, but there were nearly 400 additional deaths in those hot days from heat stress and heatstroke.”
Children are especially vulnerable to conditions caused by climate change, John Thwaites, Chair of the Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University, noted:
“Severe weather events are causing flooding, particularly in informal settlements in the Pacific, that leads to diseases including diarrhea, that can be very serious and fatal in people, particularly children.”
Though the report focused on Australia and the Pacific, climate change is also leading to death and illness in other parts of the world. The recent high temperatures in Europe have been linked to at least 20 deaths.
Climate change also impacts humans in ways that are often not understood or reported, according to The Guardian:
“The report warned that rising global temperatures would expand the habitat of mosquitos, exposing more people to diseases including dengue, chikungunya and zika, and would cause other diseases to spread into Australia, including Nipah virus, which is spread by bats, and Q fever, which is already prevalent around Townsville.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously laid out the greatest dangers from climate change around the world, which include:
- Direct impacts from the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather.
- Environmentally mediated impacts, including air pollution, less freshwater and changing patterns of disease.
- Socially mediated impacts, including undernutrition, mental illness, population displacement and poverty.
Simply put, the problem of global climate change is getting much more dangerous with each passing day. And unless countries commit themselves to cut back on the use of fossil fuels, the worst is yet to come.
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