While scientists used to think that effects of climate change on health wouldn’t be evident much longer. WHO reports that some effects are already visible now. Rising rates of deadly heat strokes, salmonella infection and hay fever across Europe are all associated with global warming.
Extreme weather events in Europe, like those heat waves in 2003, point to the danger of global warming for the wealthy world. Heat wave killed 35,000 people that year. The hardest hit were poor nations where human use of fossil fuels caused heat-trapping emissions and led to rising average temperatures.
WHO for protection of the human environment calls upon those who have the power to take measures to reduce the potential impact of climate change on people’s health.
Besides heat waves, floods have also been linked to global warming. During the 1995-2004 period, Europe was hit by 30 major floods that killed 1,000 and affected some 2.5 million people.
The findings also report that warmer temperatures may spread tick-borne encephalitis in Europe and increase the risk of malaria, which is one of the most deadly diseases in developing countries.
These alarming findings should push governments to act faster on preventing climate change.