Climate change is making the world sick
Sea-level rises, changes to the severity of monsoon seasons and rainfall, flooding, droughts and heatwaves are all having an increasing impact on human health, writes Geordon Shannon.
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#1 Feb 11, 2014
The distribution of Atlantic Salmon is temperature dependent. Because of global warming, some southern populations in Spain and other warm countries are expected to be extirpated soon. Before human influence, the natural breeding grounds of Atlantic Salmon were rivers in Europe and the Eastern coast of North America. When North America was settled by Europeans, eggs were brought on trains to the West coast and introduced in the rivers there. Other attempts to bring Atlantic salmon to new settlements were made; e.g. New Zealand. But since there are no suitable ocean currents on New Zealand, most of these introductions failed. There is at least one landlocked population of Atlantic salmon on New Zealand, where the fish never go out to sea.[wikipedia]
#2 Feb 11, 2014
Dialogue and momentum
But ultimately, the answer lies not just in cure but in prevention. A recent report from Medact, a group of health professionals dedicated to global issues around conflict, poverty and the environment, recently outlined why the science of climate change matters to people working in health:
"Health professionals are not climate scientists. But … global warming is already having a significant negative impact on human health; it threatens to be an overwhelming danger in the coming decades. For this reason, health professionals … need some understanding of climate science as a basis for their active and assertive engagement in policy debates about how we respond to global warming."
Groups like this are integral to sustained focus on climate change and generating political momentum. But beyond this, activism by everyone must also play a role.
The direction that our collective governments negotiate is our responsibility. And we must continue to communicate our collective concerns and make choices that are the best for the planet.
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