The climate apocalypse is becoming a 'medical emergency.' Here are 8 ways it could affect your health.
- Public health journal The Lancet released a report Wednesday warning that climate change is causing a long list of health risks.
- Droughts, heatwaves, floods, and falling crop yields are causing more deaths and making people vulnerable to illnesses.
- The Lancet report comes a few days after the Trump administration published its own report about the effects of climate change.
More than 150 million people are exposed to heatwaves, some infectious diseases are becoming more common and moving into new areas, and air pollution is contributing to millions of premature deaths.
These are just some of the dangers outlined in a report on climate change and human health that was published Wednesday by The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical journal. The report, produced as a collaboration between the United Nations, intergovernmental agencies, and 27 academic institutions, comes days after the Trump administration's major climate report, which was released on Black Friday.
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Both reports describe the various ways that climate change is affecting people's health, as droughts, floods, and other weather-related events become more common.
"Climate change is a medical emergency," report co-author Renee Salas, a doctor of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, told USA Today. "It is truly harming the health of Americans, and especially the most vulnerable ... Children, the elderly, minorities, and the poor."
Take a look at some of The Lancet's findings about health risks caused by climate change.
Millions of people are being exposed to heatwaves, which can lead to heart problems, renal disease, and death.
Floods, which are becoming more common, can kill people, exacerbate mental health issues, and spread infectious diseases.
Some parts of the world already experience deadly droughts all year long.
Deaths due to climate-related diseases, including skin cancer and dengue fever, have gone up despite many improvements in global health.
Some countries are seeing decreases in crop yields, making malnutrition much more likely.
Air pollution is too high in most cities, and it can lead to both cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
Climate change has already forced thousands of people to migrate in recent years, and millions more could be pushed to leave their homes.
People can develop psychological problems due to trauma from extreme weather events, and heatwaves are particularly concerning.
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