The single greatest threat to human health posed by climate change is already causing health problems, and medical professionals all over the world are taking action to address it.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has come to the conclusion that the global temperature rise must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid catastrophic health effects and the deaths of millions of people due to climate change. Climate change and a certain degree of global temperature rise have already been caused by previous emissions. However, even a 1.5°C global warming is not considered safe; People's lives and health will suffer greatly with each additional tenth of a degree of global warming.
Despite the fact that no one is immune to these dangers, the people whose health is being harmed the most by the climate crisis are those who have contributed least to its causes and are least able to protect themselves and their families from it—people living in countries and communities with low incomes and disadvantages.
The current health disparities between and within populations are only going to get worse as a result of the climate crisis, which has the potential to further widen and undo the fifty years of progress in poverty reduction, global health, and development. It puts the realization of universal health coverage (UHC) in serious jeopardy in a number of ways, including by increasing the disease burden and making it harder to get health services, often when they are most needed. Health care costs more than 930 million people, or about 12 percent of the world's population, at least 10 percent of their household budget. Health shocks and stresses currently push approximately 100 million people into poverty annually, with the effects of climate change accelerating this trend. The poorest people are largely uninsured.
Climate change is already having a negative impact on health in a number of ways. For example, it is causing more people to die and get sick from extreme weather events like heat waves, storms, and floods, disrupting food systems, increasing the number of zoonoses, food, water, and vector-borne diseases, and mental health problems. Additionally, many of the social determinants of health, such as equality, access to health care, and social support networks, are being undermined by climate change.
Women, children, ethnic minorities, poor communities, migrants or displaced persons, older populations, and those with underlying health conditions are among the most affected by these climate-sensitive health risks.
It is still difficult to accurately estimate the scale and impact of many climate-sensitive health risks, despite the fact that it is clear that climate change affects human health. However, as science has progressed, we are now able to more precisely identify the risks and magnitude of these health threats and attribute an increase in morbidity and mortality to human-induced warming.
The vulnerability of populations, their resilience to the current rate of climate change, and the extent and speed of adaptation will largely determine the health effects of climate change in the short to medium term.
The extent to which transformational measures are taken now to reduce emissions, avert dangerous temperature thresholds and potential irreversible tipping points will have a greater impact in the long run.
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At Corrielus Cardiology, the team values the strong correlation between heart health and overall wellness. The practice aims to educate the community on how good lifestyle choices and routines can ultimately help prevent emergency room visits, save money, and build stronger, healthier families. Corrielus Cardiology provides a friendly, inviting, and culturally sensitive environment and they want each patient to feel comfortable and cared for on a personal level.