Do you notice that more people get sick of relatively new diseases? Do you often feel that the weather is too erratic? Is the weather changing from good to awful in just a matter of hours? A report by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health reported that man-made climate change makes Americans sicker.
The report was prepared by a group that represents more than 400,000 doctors.
The report pinpointed three types of harm that climate change brings:
First is through direct harms like injuries and deaths that are due to increasingly violent weather. Those who have asthma and other lung diseases for instance, would experience more attacks because of the hot weather. Allergy seasons are also much longer.
Second, diseases are quickly spread by insects. Infections such as Zika virus and Lyme are spread through mosquitoes. Food and water also gets contaminated by insects and other animals which are disease-carriers.
Third, climate change also affects the mental health of people as they are likely to feel more anxious and depressed.
The World Health Organization estimated climate change to be responsible for 240,000 deaths each year when the year 2030 comes.
The new medical consortium which is comprised by several groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. They came together to inform the public and policymakers that climate change has adverse effects on human health which demands for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.