Climate Change Effect on Our Health
Eos.org informs that recently experts have given the United States a warning of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, otherwise lower productivity and a sicker generations will be the norm in the future.
According to a recent report from an interdisciplinary group of 34 academic institutions and United Nations agencies, called the Lancet Countdown, heat and pollution are the most hazardous threats. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be the only way to lower health risks in the long term.
The following are among the major takeaways mentioned in the report.
1. Worker productivity is dropping because of rising temperatures. Scorching temperatures are now limiting the number of hours people can work outside in agriculture and industry. Last year alone, the United States lost 64.7 million potential labor hours from extreme heat.
2. Older adults are more and more at risk from heat waves. By 2030, all members of the baby boomer generation will be over the age of 65. This aging population will be more at risk of falling sick or dying from increased temperatures because they may lack the ability to seek shelter from the heat or have preexisting health issues that heat could exacerbate.
3. Soot and small particles from burning coal and oil are killing people. Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing thousands of premature deaths in the United States every year. Burning fossil fuels releases fine particles that can lead to a whole host of health problems, including asthma and birth complications.
4. Children will face a lifetime of health risks from climate change. Children born today will face far greater negative impacts on their health than those of earlier generations, and children of color will be the most affected.
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