Environmental Effects Of Climate Change

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Abstract A changing climate impacts our health and wellbeing. The major public health organizations of the world have said that climate change is a critical public health problem. Climate change makes many existing diseases and conditions worse, but it may also help introduce new pests and pathogens into new regions or communities. As the planet warms, oceans expand and the sea level rises, floods and droughts become more frequent and intense, and heat waves and hurricanes become more severe. The most vulnerable people are children, the elderly, the poor, and those with underlying health conditions; they are at increased risk for health effects from climate change. Climate change also stresses our health care infrastructure and delivery systems. Steps can be taken to lessen climate change (mitigation) and reduce its impacts on our health and the health of future generations (adaptation). Some of these steps can yield benefits for our health, environment, economy, and society at the same time. The world at large through different organizations, at national and continent level has called for efforts to support adaptation and mitigation of climate change to create healthier, more sustainable communities. Introduction Changes in the greenhouse gas concentrations and other drivers alter the global climate and bring about myriad human health consequences. Environmental consequences of climate change, such as extreme heat waves, rising sea-levels, changes in precipitation resulting
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