Alarming risks of climate crisis discussed by a report conducted by experts from 27 national science academies, shed light on how global heat rise is causing human health many complications and could become a serious threat in the future with additional diseases.
According to the report which mainly focuses on the region of Europe, It is divulged that due to the rising earth temperature, risks of scorching heat waves and floods are higher than ever, which may cause a spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Chances of other health hazards like infectious diseases, mental illness, and physical weakness could also increase in Europe.
“There are impacts occurring now [and], over the coming century, climate change has to be ranked as one of the most serious threats to health,” said Prof Sir Andrew Haines, a co-chair of the report for the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (Easac).
However, Europe has been careful and effective in cutting carbon emission by using renewable resources in recent years. The action led to cutting the yearly 350,000 early deaths from air pollution, which gives the region a hope to survive what is about to come. “The economic benefits of action to address the current and prospective health effects of climate change are likely to be substantial,” the report concluded.
Europe may have it under control for the future but is it the same for the rest of the world? Definitely not. According to ucsusa.org, Average global sea level has increased eight inches since 1880 but is rising much faster on the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Global warming is now accelerating the rate of sea level rise, increasing flooding risks to low-lying communities and high-risk coastal properties whose development has been encouraged by today’s flood insurance system.
The rising temperature of the earth is melting snow worldwide, causing floods, dangerous heat waves, damaging wildfire, and destructive hurricanes. The World Health Organization director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls climate change a health emergency which cannot be neglected at any cost, “We cannot delay action on climate change,” he said. “We cannot sleepwalk through this health emergency any longer.”