Scientists From Around The World Report On Health Effects From Climate Change

Protecting his fruits during a hot April in Lucknow

Climate change could force a billion people from their homes by 2050, potentially triggering major health crises around the world, according to a new study.

Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people, global warming is boosting the transmission of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, and damage to crops from extreme weather threatens hunger for millions of children.

Many governments are trying to cut their greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, though President Donald Trump has weakened the pact by saying the U.S., the world's second biggest greenhouse gas polluter after China, will pull out. "In addition, the number of people affected by heat waves has increased by about 125 million, reaching a record high of 175 million people exposed in 2015, the health consequences from heat stress or heat stroke to the worsening of a heart failure pre-existing or increased risk of kidney failure linked to dehydration". Labour productivity among farm workers fell by 5.3 per cent since the year 2000, mainly because sweltering conditions sapped the strength of workers in nations from India to Brazil.

The Lancet Countdown study did not estimate the total number of deaths from climate change.

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Called "countdown on health and climate change: 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for the public health", this report intends to measure all of the years until 2030, the progress made to 40 key indicators regarding these two subjects.

87% of cities globally are in breach of World Health Organization air pollution guidelines - there were 803,000 premature and avoidable deaths in 2015 across 21 Asian countries.

Although the danger is clear, the authors say the good news is that the solution is quite straightforward: "We simply must stop burning fossil fuels and releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, transitioning to clean, renewable energy resources".

Nearly 200 nations will meet in Germany from Nov 6 to 17 to work on a "rule book" for the 2015 Paris climate agreement for shifting from fossil fuels.



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