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Study warns of cascading health hazards from the changing climate

Among the biggest threats people face in a warming climate is thermal stress, which not only kills people directly but…

Among the biggest threats people face in a warming climate is thermal stress, which not only kills people directly but can also lead to kidney and cardiovascular disease, the report is noted. Higher temperatures can also reduce people’s workability, especially in agriculture leading to tens of billion hours of lost labor each year.

Destruction is, according to the authors, the merging effect of extreme weather conditions exacerbated by climate change. Heat waves, floods and storms can harm the public health systems that are meant to help people, says the report. A neglect of emissions, warning, can lead to disasters like “disturbing the central infrastructure for public health and overwhelming health care.”

The US report, the national climate assessment, says the extreme rainfall can overwhelm the nation’s intimidating water and sewage system, which contributes to lack of potable water and increased exposure to gastrointestinal diseases. In some parts of the country, like Florida and Texas, higher temperatures will be a blessing for a type of mosquito that transmits the virus that causes dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Echoing these warnings on Wednesday, UN Secretary General António Guterres, urged world leaders to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions that they had promised under the Paris agreement three years ago. Nine out of 10 people breathe with insecure air, according to the World Health Organization, said Mr. Guterres . “Compliance with the commitments of the EP could save more than a million lives a year,” he said.

Cut emissions from sources like coal-fired power plants and diesel-powered trucks would also lead to huge savings in public health systems, Lancet writer said. “Doing it now would be good for us, it would be good for our livelihood and would be good for the planet,” says Dr. Ebi.

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