Anthrax, whose spores are released by thawing permafrost, could spread farther as a result of stronger winds. And those are just the direct health effects of climate change. Rising sea levels and increased ocean acidification will reduce fishing and aquaculture, aggravating malnutrition and food insecurity.
Contamination of aquifers will exacerbate water shortages. Droughts, which already kill and displace more people than any other type of weather catastrophe, are predicted to grow longer and more frequent. Everyone Loses in the U.
Extreme weather also disrupts public health infrastructure and services. That is why it is imperative that countries around the world invest in adapting health-care systems to the environmental changes already underway and likely to follow. At the first high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage UHC at the United Nations, the WHO will call on world leaders to invest not only in safe water, hygiene, and sanitation services but also in universal access to health services for chronic disease, child health, and antenatal and palliative care.
Almost every disease caused or aggravated by climate change can be prevented or treated if addressed early. Universal health coverage includes screening and accurate and timely diagnostics. It also includes surveillance and rapid response to emerging global health threats.
Taking on the whole range of global health threats at once by implementing universal health coverage by is not only the best way to prepare for inevitable climate-related catastrophes; it will also prevent up to one billion deaths from communicable disease, according to the WHO.
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This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. I made this website back in , and have updated the data every couple of years, though being a Flash-based website, it's now showing its age. Though the data it shows is no longer up-to-date, it's still indicative of where we're at. I hope to remake breathingearth one day in HTML5 more mobile friendly.
I probably will eventually, but I'm crazy busy at the moment with Spryke. Please remember that this is just a simulation.
Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high. Global warming aka climate change is almost without a doubt the most important issue to face our generation, and quite possibly any generation in history. The worldwide scientific community is virtually unanimous in its agreement that global warming is happening, that it's our fault, and that our chance to stop it is slipping away. If we let it get out of our control, the consequences - which will already begin occuring in most of our lifetimes - will be catastrophic.
Just some of the consequences that can be reasonably expected are rising sea levels, more frequent and more severe natural disasters, large-scale food and water shortages, plagues, massive species extinctions, unprecendented numbers of refugees, intensified ethnic and political tensions, and a global economic depression the likes of which no one has ever seen.
The situation is still within our grasp, but we must act now, we must act strongly, and we must act together. Individuals, companies, and governments across the globe must each do what they can to reverse climate change. We will never get a second chance.
The good news is that there are plenty of things that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. The key word is reduce.
The Birth and Death of Man Made Global Warming - Kindle edition by B. Allan Weber. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. As a result, air pollution causes an estimated , deaths each year in As man-made climate change has taken hold over the last four.
We can greatly lessen our impact on climate change by using the planet's resources more responsibly. There are many things we can reduce, and many ways we can reduce them, but three of the major ones are: reduce the amount of animal products you consume meat, dairy, eggs, leather, etc. There are plenty of good resources on the web.
I encourage you to do your own research, though you might find some of the links below to be useful.
Footprint Network footprint calculator - Figure out your own ecological footprint. Fight Climate Change with Diet Change - Find out why the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined.
When Breathing Earth is started, it uses each country's birth and death rates to calculate how populations have changed since July , and adjusts its figures accordingly. It continues adjusting the various population figures as you watch it, each time a person is born or a person dies.