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Climate Change Is a Health Hazard: 8 Examples

Climate Change Is a Health Hazard: 8 Examples


  • "No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate." —Barack Obama

  • 1. Diabetes Incidence Rises with Temperature. Global warming may contribute to the worldwide epidemic of type 2 diabetes. In the US, a study found that for each degree Celsius rise in temperature, there was an overall increase in age-adjusted diabetes incidence of 0.314 per 1000 and a 0.170% increase in the prevalence of glucose intolerance.

  • 2. Hot Times Ahead. Deadly heat waves are expected to become more frequent in coming decades. Researchers used climate models to predict that an increase in global warming of 1.5°C could double the number of large cities that experience heat stress by 2050.

  • 3. A Sea Change. A warming trend in sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic and North Sea over the past half-century is strongly associated with an increase in vibrios, including human pathogens. This increase correlates with a rise in environmentally acquired Vibrio infections in Northern Europe and the US East Coast.

  • 4. Mosquitoes on the Move. Changes in temperature and precipitation may help promote the transmission of dengue virus, spread predominantly by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Climate change simulations suggest conditions may become more suitable for dengue in the southeastern US; however, low winter temperatures in the region limit year-round transmission.

  • 5. Losing Sleep Over Global Warming. Results of a US survey showed a strong link between warmer temperatures at night and insufficient sleep, especially among elderly (effects in older adults were found to be nearly 2X that in younger adults) and lower-income persons. Future climatic changes are likely only to exacerbate the problem.

  • 6. Blowing in the Wind. Spores of the fungus Alternaria alternate can induce allergy symptoms and asthma. Because spore production increases when atmospheric CO2 levels are high, climate change may result in greater exposure to the fungus.

  • 7. Food for Thought. Over time, climate change can directly affect the quality and quantity of agricultural products. Rising global temperatures can result in loss of arable land—and thus contribute to malnutrition.

  • 8. Skin in the Game. Increased temperatures may indirectly affect skin cancer rates because of changes in related behavior. Warmer water temperatures may expand the habitats and lengthen the duration of peak activity of aquatic organisms that cause cercarial dermatitis and seabather eruption.

Increases in diabetes, insomnia, and skin cancer -- all potential effects, direct or indirect, of shifts in the atmospheric environment.

Effects of climate change such as heat waves, rising sea levels, droughts, and more intense storms are potentially harmful to human health, says the CDC. Among those at greatest risk are children, older adults, and persons with chronic health conditions.

Some of the health threats of global warming have been reported recently in the scientific news. Click on the slides above for the latest findings. Links to original sources are below.

Sources

1. Diabetes Incidence Rises With Temperature

2. Hot Times Ahead

3. A Sea Change

4. Mosquitoes on the Move

5. Losing Sleep Over Global Warming

6. Blowing in the Wind

7. Food for Thought

8. Skin in the Game

 

Comments

I have asthma and insomnia. Till we have Paris pact approved for prevention of global warming I am doomed. Or...maybe our AC needs to be repaired. Very interesting anyway... :)

Anonymous @

It's extremely encouraging to see the responses to this article.
First that there are those out there that see the SCIENCE behind this and see that it's a political, not real scientific issue, and..
Second, that SMART individuals are starting to speak out and uncover the hidden agenda of this. For too long we have let this narrative go on without challenge. No longer.

These comments are a testimonial to intellectual honesty.
The article is a testimonial to political dishonesty.

S @

Climate change is pseudoscience.
Quoting Obama is immaterial - he is neither a scientist or the Oracle of Delphi.
Carbon is neither created nor destroyed because the earth has a closed system. Plants thrive on higher levels of carbon dioxide and crop outputs increase.
Not to worry, most of the climate cycles we experience are caused by changes in solar output and from a cyclical standpoint, and we are headed into the Maunder minimum - so things will be cooling rather than warming and it has absolutely nothing to do with driving your car or fossil fuels.
This is all about government control and taxes.
Anthropomorphic global warming is a hoax.

So please Unsubscribe me from your pseudoscience mailing...

Leland @

Very disturbing to see this article presented as science. I went to several of the source documents and found them to be poor quality and generally not peer reviewed. Articles on sleep loss are particularly weak. This article and most of the source materials are an example of "nurturing the narrative." Create a flood of non-sense information that tangentially supports a political objective. The sleep article covers 2002-2011 a period now recognized as a documented "pause" in any temperature increase. Just associations, no cause - effect, no control groups or comparisons. Complete nonsense. I am considering writing to the institutions mentioned and identifying the authors as purveyors of junk science.

david @

I was at a "Wilderness medicine Conference" the other day. During the Talk on water related rescues and medicine the speaker said, "expect more of these flood related incidents" as he showed RECENT DATA of increased precipitation patterns. After his talk I approached him and said, "Sir, Increased precipitation is a marker of GLOBAL COOLING" with a raised eyebrow. He stuttered, "but what about acidification of the oceans."

They always drop back to the PC talking points.

Dan @

Not a convincing article. Just trying to scare and muddle the facts. Cercarial dermatitis and insomnia are certainly not things I would be concerned about with climate change.

Dwight @

What a load if crap

Christopher @

Alopecia related to climate change:
Those who are in a panic over it ...pulling their hair out.
those who can see through the hype...pulling their hair out.

I see a future with only bald people.

S @

I am in agreement with junk science!! You have lost all credibility to me and many others as a healthcare resource .. no evidence !! This is supposed to be an evidence based web site... will unsubscribe and look at other sources that don't depend on media for their "evidence"

carol @

What is your problem?? You call British Medical Journal, Harvard University, Ohio State University and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles taken from PubMed Junk Science?? Girl, you got a lot to learn! I am sorry for so many fools who will actually think they way you do rather than learn. I am sorry for the generation you will spawn, and the tragedies they will suffer, at our behest. Shame!

David @

"Girl"? Shame on you! New facts need to be questioned and re-examined continuously otherwise we would not be treating h. Pylori. Majority rule does not drive science...if it were the case we'd still be accepting that the earth is the center of the universe. What's driving the fear of questioning the consensus?
Keep your snarky, sexist cracks out of discussions.

Anonymous @

I wonder who might be paid trolls to "create doubt" to sustain the status quo? Check the "science" of smoking over 50 years - pure scientific corruption, aided and abetted by physicians. . . .Who's blowing smoke up who?

Mark @

I wonder who might be paid trolls to "create doubt" to sustain the status quo? Check the "science" of smoking over 50 years - pure scientific corruption, aided and abetted by physicians. . . .Who's blowing smoke up who?

Mark @

Open and unfettered discourse in the Socratic way should be a montra. Unfortunately, the USA is the only industrialized western nation with a growing illiteracy rate. Twenty five percent of US adults are functionally illiterate. Critical thinking and analysis have given way to bullying and social, political and financial expediency and greed. Even our wasteful medical system panders to special interests and public pressure rather than diagnose, treat and test appropriately for preventable and treatable diseases.

The true hope for mankind lies with education, rigorous scientific inquiry, debate and holding sharlatins and opportunists accountable for aggregious manipulation of facts and populations for personal, political or economic gains. Creative and rational thought mixed with science, humanism and open forums, without fear of retribution or ad homonyms, will alway's be preferable to what is taking place in the world today.

We must continue to seek truth in all things and the responses that I read gives hope that independent thinkers continue to exist. I will continue to read peer reviewed journals and recognize that some journals continue to have agendas that are politically and financially influenced for self preservation and financial viability and social acceptance.

Jay @

I am in agreement with junk science!! You have lost all credibility to me and many others as a healthcare resource .. no evidence !! This is supposed to be an evidence based web site... will unsubscribe and look at other sources that don't depend on media for their "evidence"

carol @

I am in agreement with junk science!! You have lost all credibility to me and many others as a healthcare resource .. no evidence !! This is supposed to be an evidence based web site... will unsubscribe and look at other sources that don't depend on media for their "evidence"

carol @

What a piece of "junk science". Correlation does not prove causation. Pathetic, political article....I assume you don't value your credibility.

Anonymous @

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