The people who don’t believe that climate change is a real thing usually give this reason – “but where is the proof?”
No matter how many data-backed reasons you give them, they don’t listen because they don’t see any evidence right in front of their eyes. Well, that has changed now because there is now an actual human being who has been diagnosed with climate change.
First Climate Change Patient
In Canada’s Kootenay Lake Hospital, a woman in her 70s was admitted to the emergency ward. Already diabetic and a heart patient, she was suffering from breathlessness and dehydration. She resides in the British Columbia province.
She was one among many patients who had been rushing to hospitals due to exhaustion and dehydration after recent temperature surges in the region. The increase in temperature is attributed to the wildfires that have been frequent since June.
This year, the province has witnessed over 1600 wildfires. The smoke from such massive fires blankets the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, making it difficult to breathe. Many people have died over these months owing to problems caused by these wildfires, which are a result of climate change.
Dr. Kyle Merritt, the head of Kootenay Lake Hospital’s emergency room (ER) department said, ”
If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind
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Climate Change – A Threat To Public Health
Climate change has grave consequences but the fact that it has direct implications on the health of an individual may be the most serious of all. As per WHO’s report, climate change may cause 250,000 deaths per year from 2030 to 2050 due to malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhea, etc.
A global rise of 1.5 degrees celsius could be “catastrophic to public health”.
Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades. The science is unequivocal; a global increase of 1.5°C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse
Rise in temperature leads to a decrease in crop yield, which may inadvertently lead to malnutrition.
Though rich countries continue to contribute the most towards this menace, the consequences have to be born by the poor countries, the ones which anyway don’t have enough resources to shield themselves.
In such circumstances, it is the combined efforts of world leaders that can bring about a change in the positive direction.
Sources: Indian Express, Independent, Times of India
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