If we put climate action on hold and wait for the pandemic to end, we might face even worse consequences, a new study warns.
Global warming is already shaping Earth’s future, threatening it. Also, people’s health is so affected that we just can’t take a break from the emergency action on climate change while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here is what researchers recommend and predict.
It’s An Earth Emergency
A recent report reveals the situation we’re facing: global warming is now affecting our health so much, and the natural world is in danger.
According to previous measurements, the temperatures have increased approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) since the pre-industrial era.
“In the past 20 years, heat-related mortality among people older than 65 years old has increased by more than 50 %,” reads the new study.
Health Issues and Constant Danger
The new study found that global warming had brought many health problems, including:
- dermatological malignancies;
- cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality;
- tropical infections;
- renal function loss;
- increased dehydration;
- adverse mental health outcomes;
- pregnancy complications.
Researchers have also discovered a decline in agricultural production. Such a thing highly hampers the efforts to reduce undernutrition.
The most vulnerable communities, including the minorities, the children, and the poorer communities, will suffer the most, researchers warn us.
According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming could reach +1.5 degrees Celsius on pre-industrial levels, and that by 2030!
And that’s not all.
Biodiversity will continue to suffer a lot, and the risk of terrible harm to health might be impossible to reverse. As WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated:
“The COVID-19 pandemic will end, but there is no vaccine for the climate crisis.”
Researchers explained that only reducing emissions and warming would bring us closer to a safer and healthier future. For example, better air quality would bring so many health benefits that could make us more eager to fight for our planet!