Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Climate Change and Human Health

When we hear about climate change, the first thing that comes to our minds is environment, animals, plants, and earth temperature. However, we always miss another important part that would suffer from this issue as well as other living creatures. Humans health can be affected by climate change through  a variety of pathways, for instance as a result of increased frequency and concentration of heat waves, , increased floods and droughts, changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases and malnutrition. Climate change is a very critical public health issue that is affecting and will affect a wide majority of people around the world.  Children, elderly people, the poor, and those with fundamental health condition are the most vulnerable people for health effect from climate change. 
Although the impacts of climate change have the potential to affect human health in the United States and around the world, there is a lot we can do to prepare for and adapt to these changes. All public health and global health organizations and local agencies are collaborating together in order to support development of healthy cities that are prepared for climate change. One of the adaptation methods that are used to reduce climate change effect is planning urban adaptation strategies by planting trees to minimize heat buildup in cities and manage storm water, or promoting the use of cool roofs to reduce energy needs and improve air quality. But what can normal people do to protect their health?

We can do many things in order to reduce climate change effects by simply reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Planting your garden or your neighborhood would make a different and would make your surrounding much healthier.  Donating for global health agencies to improve low income countries environment would increase the possibilities to save others lives.

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