Climate Change Affects Our Health: Here’s How

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Climate change is bad for your health. Rising temperatures, increased droughts, more flooding, rising sea levels, dwindling water supplies—these are all symptoms of a changing climate. The health effects of climate change have been well documented, but less is known about the effects of rising temperatures on mental health. This article discusses the effects of climate change on mental health, as well as strategies for coping with these changes.

Recent research from The Lancet medical journal reveals that climate change causes human health to suffer in almost all quantifiable ways and policymakers around the world lack an opportunity to tackle it.

Globally are spent billions of dollars to assist economies to rebuild from the COVID-19 epidemic, while fewer than 1 in 5 such expenditures are projected to decrease emissions of greenhouse gasses from climate change. Indeed, the overall consequences for the global climate of these recovery efforts are likely to be bad.

In the latest storms, floods are growing worse; individuals have been stranded in their houses, automobiles and subways. The severity and frequency of wildfires is rising. Last year, more than $ 1 billion in damages were inflicted by 22 climatic catastrophes in the United States alone.

This year, the tendency has persisted. Last summer hundreds of people in the Northwest Pacific experienced a record-breaker thermal wave said to have been almost unthinkable without climate change induced by human activity. Globally, the Countdown study of Lancet has revealed that adults over the age of 65 had over 3 billion more days coupled with a harmful heat exposure compared to a 16 years baseline.

Climate change is already having an impact. And to avoid catastrophic consequences, Urgent investments in research and adaptation are needed. And to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly–it’s time to act.

Susan Kowal
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and health enthusiast.