Climate Conditions Affect Health
A consortium of 11 leading medical societies, representing more than half of the doctors in the United States, launched a campaign to show how climate change is affecting people’s health.
Its new report, Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health, says climate change is leading to more cardio-respiratory illness, the spread of infectious disease as well as physical and mental health problems from more frequent episodes of extreme weather.
The report was delivered to Congress before being more widely distributed. “Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker,” said Dr. Mona Sarfaty, director of the new consortium and a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
The world’s oceans are heating up about 13 percent faster than previously believed, with the rate of warming since 1992 found to be twice as great as the warming rate measured since 1960.
Researchers from leading U.S. and Chinese agencies made the discovery by correcting past data errors and by using more advanced climate computer models.
“The oceans are affecting weather and climate through more intense rains. This process is a major reason why 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded at the Earth’s surface,” the team wrote in a press release. “Additionally, 2015 was a year with record hurricanes, heat waves, droughts and wildfires around the world.”
Smog Responsible for Underweight Newborns
The worse the air pollution, the more underweight the children were in the study group. A new U.K.-based study of more than 3 million human births in nine countries has shown that exposure to air pollution is linked to low birth weights. Scientists looked at the average level of air pollution expecting mothers were exposed to, specifically exhaust and power plant emissions.
They found that pregnant women living in areas with high pollution were more likely to have babies with low birth weight.
Being undersized at childbirth has been linked with infant mortality as well as a host of diseases and chronic health problems throughout a child’s life.
Previous studies had suggested a link between air pollution and low birth weight but contained too little data to confirm it.
While much has been done about air quality in Western nations over the past several decades, urban centers such as Beijing and other industrialized areas of Asia have shown a sharp increase in air pollution.
Beijing last month experienced air pollution that officials termed was “off the charts.”
An outbreak of a variant of swine flu has infected 141 people in Indiana and Ohio. No person-person transmission has been found.
More than 8 million chickens have been destroyed on farms in northern Mexico due to a bird flu outbreak.
Typhoid outbreak in Harare and Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe after people once again start eating their own faeces.
Outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Stoke-on-Trent in England. 9 People affected.
Cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone sickens more than 3 800 and kills 66.
The mystery disease that has claimed the lives of more than 50 children in Cambodia has been linked to the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease.
The authorities in Uttar Pradesh in India are battling an outbreak of encephalitis.
Second person dies in Legionnaires disease outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are 42 confirmed cases and 47 suspected cases in the outbreak which is believed to have peaked. Five people who contracted the disease have instructed attorneys to seek answers to the outbreak.
Legionnaires disease outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1 person dead with 16 others critical.
Anthrax outbreak in Ghana. Two people have died after eating the infected meat of a cow. The government vaccination program has been halted causing concern for the health of both cattle and humans.
Dengue fever outbreak in India claims at least 30 lives. Dengue fever is a seasonal hazard in India, but the outbreak is larger than usual and the authorities are taking measures to combat the spread of the disease.
Cameroon orders the widespread vaccination of pigs after an outbreak of Erysipelas, a disease causing skin lesions and ulcers which is often fatal.
Wisconsin, USA is the latest State to report a widespread outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis).
Famine and drought in Niger affect more than 300 000 children who are receiving treatment for severe malnutrition.
The incidence of liver disease in Britain has risen by 25% over the last decade, causing a record number of related deaths. The rise has been attributed in large part to the British fondness for binge drinking.
Measels outbreak in Pakistan has killed 12 children, with 70 more confirmed cases hospitalized.
Outbreak of chikungunya disease in Orissa, India. Dozens of people infected.