It is no longer a secret that climate change is among the dire crises that humans are grappling with. In every part of the world, climate change is showing its catastrophic impact on people’s livelihoods and health. In the United States, for example, hurricanes, heat waves, and soil erosion are commonplace. Likewise, Europe’s scorching heat was getting worse this summer.
The temperature that was recorded in most parts of Europe this summer (2022) was unprecedented. Europeans are witnessing exponentially scorching heat. In turn, glaciers and ice are melting exponentially. These are all telltale signs of climate change. According to the latest updates, about 6 million people die due to extreme cold and hot climate.
Thus, these unprecedented heat waves and extremely cold climate put people’s lives at risk. Not only in Europe, but also in other parts of the world. However, it is important to note here that climate change does not only make human livelihoods vulnerable. Instead, it puts planet Earth at risk. Soil erosion, deforestation, forest fires and melting glaciers are all consequences of climate change.
It is worth asking ourselves how exactly climate change affects our health. And the answer is that the impact of climate change on our health is catastrophic. Because of the extremely cold and hot climate, we are likely to encounter epidemics, deadly diseases, and many physical and mental ailments.
These diseases are obvious. You don’t have to be a medical expert to tell that these diseases are caused by climate change. However, a deeper study tells us that climate change is causing more “hidden” diseases that often go unnoticed.
Cardiovascular and heart diseases
To begin with, forest fires cause air pollution. Once the gusty wind of wildfires mixes with the air, it creates pollutants in the air. As we inhale this polluted air, we are very likely to be exposed to cardiovascular and heart diseases.
Thus, if you look at the underlying problem, you will realize that these wildfires are caused by extremely hot weather. In turn, this hot climate is due to climate change.
Another direct impact of climate change on our health is exhaustion. According to health experts, extreme heat waves caused by extremely hot climates lead to exhaustion. In 2021, heatstroke hit the UK and almost 1.2 million lost their lives due to unbearable exhaustion.
Similarly, natural disasters such as floods and soil erosion are other signs of climate change. These natural disasters cost the lives of millions every year – all over the world. People die from drowning and injuries. Above all, any natural disaster makes the planet Earth vulnerable and causes several chronic diseases.