It is high time we start taking measures to preserve the environment as global warming can not only be bad news for our health but also increase our risk of death. Here’s how climatic changes can harm us over the next few years.
Longer allergy seasons: The increase in carbon dioxide in the air allows a whole lot of allergens to grow leading to sneezing, watery eyes and serious allergy attacks.
Dirty water supply: Melting glaciers means more water that does not evaporate. Runoff water picks up pollutants which eventually compromise the drinking water supply and even the water in which you swim.
Less nutritious veggies: Change in climate would inevitably mean a shift in types of food we grow. Plus, the rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can lower the nutritional value of the crops. So, even if you are eating a lot of veggies, they won’t be that nutritious for you.
More diseases spread by mosquitoes: Warmer temperatures would also mean an earlier and longer breeding seasons for the mosquitoes which leads to an increase in parasite-borne illness.
Greater risk of food and water borne diseases: The rise in temperature has led to an increase in food borne pathogens. The food comes into contact with pathogens, which contaminate the food supply.
More deaths: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.