Unfortunately, Dr. Jackson, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles: “People only react to what is currently threatening them. Californians are much more aware now – the fires got people’s attention. “The wildfire season starts much earlier now and ends later due to the warming climate,” an international research team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in November.
Dr. Frumkin, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, told me, “Many people who do not see climate change as a major concern for themselves take it seriously when they realize it is a health concern. Heat waves, for example, not only kill people, but also impair the ability to work, the quality of sleep and the school performance of children. “
“Our changing climate will have a much greater impact on people’s health over time,” said Dr. Jackson. People of all ages develop respiratory allergies, and those who already have allergies can expect it to get worse as plants and trees respond to warmer climates and release their allergens in more places and for longer periods of time.
Infectious diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, and other carriers are also increasing with the warming climate. Even small increases in temperature in temperate zones increase the potential for epidemics of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis and other tick-borne infections, as well as mosquito-borne West Nile disease, dengue fever and even malaria.
Climate change threatens the security of food and water supplies by promoting organisms that cause food poisoning and microbial contamination of drinking water. Extreme floods and hurricanes can lead to leptospirosis epidemics. Just a walk through the flood can increase the risk of this bacterial blood infection by 15 times.
These are just some of the health risks associated with global warming. They are extensive and require both social and individual efforts to minimize them. Yes, society is changing, albeit slowly. The Biden government has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. General Motors, the country’s largest automaker, has announced its dedication to electric vehicles and other green energy initiatives, and Ford, Volkswagen and others are doing the same.
So that you don’t feel like you can’t make a difference, let me suggest a few steps that many of us can take to ensure a healthier future for all.