Global warming is already affecting people’s health so much that emergency response to climate change cannot be stopped as the world tackles the Cove 19 epidemic, medical journals around the world warned on Monday.
“Health is already being damaged by global warming and the destruction of the natural world,” read an editorial published in more than 220 leading journals before COP 26. Climate Summit in November
Since the pre-industrial era, temperatures have risen to around 1.1 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit).
The editor-in-chief of more than a dozen journals, including The Lancet, the East African Medical Journal, Brazil’s Rivosta de Saud Publica and the International Nursing Review, have said it has serious health problems.
“In the last 20 years, there has been a more than 50% increase in heat-related deaths among people over the age of 65,” it wrote.
“High temperatures have led to dehydration and decreased kidney function, dermatological disorders, tropical infections, adverse mental health consequences, pregnancy complications, allergies, and increased cardiovascular disease and death.”
He also pointed to the decline in agricultural production, “an obstacle to efforts to reduce nutrition.”
He warned that the ones that affect the most vulnerable, such as minorities, children and the poor, are just the beginning.
As conditions stand, global warming could reach + 1.5C at pre-industrial levels by 2030, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
And that, with the continued loss of biodiversity, “there is a risk of catastrophic damage to health that would be impossible to reverse,” the editorial warned.
Despite the world’s much-needed engagement with Covid 19, we can’t wait to reduce the rapid spread of the epidemic.
In a statement before the publication of the editorial, World Health Organization “The dangers posed by climate change can spawn a single disease,” said Chief Tedros Azanom Gabrias.
“Tea. Covid-19 The epidemic will be over, but there is no vaccine for the climate crisis.
“Every action taken to limit emissions and warming brings us closer to a healthier and safer future.”
The editorial noted that many governments met the threat of Cove 19 with “unprecedented funding” and called for a “similar emergency response” to the environmental crisis, highlighting the benefits.
“Improved air quality will only realize the health benefits that easily meet global costs of reducing emissions.”
The authors also say that “governments need to make fundamental changes in how our societies and economies are organized and how we live.”