Global climate change and its impacts

Health Impacts of Climate Change
December 2, 2015 – 12:01 am

HHCC cover imageChanges in the greenhouse gas concentrations and other drivers alter the global climate and bring about myriad human health consequences. Environmental consequences of climate change, such as extreme heat waves, rising sea-levels, changes in precipitation resulting in flooding and droughts, intense hurricanes, and degraded air quality, affect directly and indirectly the physical, social, and psychological health of humans. For instance, changes in precipitation are creating changes in the availability and quantity of water, as well as resulting in extreme weather events such as intense hurricanes and flooding. Climate change can be a driver of disease migration, as well as exacerbate health effects resulting from the release of toxic air pollutants in vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and those with asthma or cardiovascular disease.

Certain adverse health effects can be minimized or avoided with sound mitigation and adaptation strategies. Strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change can prevent illness and death in people now, while also protecting the environment and health of future generations. Mitigation refers to actions being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to enhance the sinks that trap or remove carbon from the atmosphere. Adaptation refers to actions being taken to lessen the impact on health and the environment due to changes that cannot be prevented through mitigation. Appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies will positively affect both climate change and the environment, and thereby positively affect human health. Some adaptation activities will directly improve human health through changes in our public health and health care infrastructure.

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Popular Q&A
What are some of the impacts of global climate change already being seen

  • Global air, land and ocean temperatures are rising
  • Arctic ice is melting
  • Glaciers are melting
  • Sea levels are rising, both from added water and the oceans expanding as they warm up
  • Birds and animals are having to move or adapt to changing environments

As well as these, which are already happening as a result of global warming there are floods, droughts, heat waves and tornadoes which might be permanent changes in climate. Some people think they are. Climate takes many years to change so others are waiting for more evidence.

How does photosynthesis impact global warming and climate change?

during photosynthesis, plants use co2 as one of their reactant and produce oxygen. with less plants/trees, more co2 are being trapped within the atmosphere which makes global warming and influences the climate.

What is the possible global climate change impact in Russia?

Possible climate change in Russia: Typhoons, floods, hurricanes, anomalous high temps in the cities may lead to fatal outcomes.

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