Climate Change and Health
Impacts from climate change on extreme weather and climate-related events, air quality, and the transmission of disease through insects and pests, food, and water increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people, particularly populations that are already vulnerable.
Air pollution may be the largest problem facing the world. 600,000 children die per year to indoor and outdoor air pollution.
In the USA during 2017, at least 362 people died and many more were injured during the course of the disasters that included:
1 freeze; 1 drought (affected multiple areas); 1 wildfire (affected multiple areas); 2 floods; 3 major hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria); and 8 severe storms.
Air pollution has emerged as the deadliest form of pollution and the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide. Those deaths cost the global economy about US$225 billion in lost labor income in 2013, a new study finds, pointing toward the economic burden of air pollution. The […]
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report that examines how climate change is increasing the toxicity of crops. Crop Toxicity -- Extreme weather events, such as drought and high temperatures, can trigger the accumulation in crops of chemical compounds that are toxic to animals and humans... and can lead to miscarriage, asphyxiation and death.
It is estimated by the World Health Organization that 7 million people per year die as a result of air pollution. “According to the latest urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. Over 80% […]
Global warming is a huge problem; however, we can make it much worse if we keep burning fossil carbon and killing ecosystems. The hopeful bit is that: Coal is dead. The US energy information administration confirms coal production is declining across the country. Greenpeace reports that globally “coal is in terminal decline.” Solar and battery […]
EARTH — The world is experiencing one of the worst years of drought ever recorded. The conditions are so bad in India that the state of Bihar has banned daytime cooking. “We call this the fire season in Bihar,” a state-disaster management official said. “Strong, westerly winds stoke fires which spread easily […]
WASHINGTON DC — Climate change is maiming and killing humans. “This isn’t just about glaciers and the polar bears; it’s about the health of our family and our kids,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, one of eight U.S. agencies that contributed to the report. “To protect ourselves and future generations, we […]
Philadelphia, PA — December 7 and 8, 2015 have been declared “don’t breath in Philly days” by the EPA. It is rare to have a December air quality alert in Philadelphia, PA. It is recommended not to breath in the out-of-doors on alert days. Children, elderly and physically active individuals are most at risk for […]
The air pollution in China has become so bad the government has issued their first ever Red Alert. Schools in Beijing are closing and outdoor construction is to cease. The state-run Xinhua news agency says the red alert is the highest possible, and has not been used in the city before. The air quality is […]
The largest unnatural risk to your health is air pollution. Air pollution is responsible for 1 in 8 deaths. WHO reports: In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more […]
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