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Climate change is now considered a medical emergency that poses health risk to humans

Climate change has become one of the most important topics in the news feeds in the past decade. Now everything has reversed, this week, The Lancet reported that people are not concerned about the climate change and also the effect of climatic changes in their personal lives and bodies.carbon-dioxide-climate-change

Nowadays, people’s concern goes far beyond than the polar ice caps, but doctors in an international commission on health and climate found that the global warming has a large scale effect on human lives. The commission has also revealed that, even after heavily publicizing the issue, people aren’t noticing about the changes and not even thinking to fix them.

Hugh Montgomery, Ph.D., director of the University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Human Health and Performance (IHHP) and co-chair of the commission says,

“Climate change is a medical emergency and it thus demands an emergency response.”

Rest of the panel didn’t mince any words; fellow co-chairs mentioned that change in climate might reverse all the health gains in world’s economic development. This should be compared to the scale and importance of the effect to as same as HIV and tobacco awareness, both combined. In the meanwhile, the commission has identified the eight major ways of climatic changes and how it hurts the health of people right now.

Perry Sheffield, M.D., researcher and physician at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, said in a livestream press event,

“Many Americans think of climate change as something far out and distant. They don’t realize how much it impacts them personally already,”

Thanks to an increase in droughts, floods and storms, the panel warns the climate change issue might affect the people and there might even cause an increase in allergies, cardiovascular disease, malnutrition and other diseases such as respiratory diseases, infectious diseases and mental illness too.

Ian Hamilton, Ph.D., of the UCL Energy Institute and co-author of the paper published by the commission as,

“There are physiological limits to how much work we can do in heat, which would affect people who work outdoors, like farm or construction workers, “But heat stress would also affect elderly, low income, and other vulnerable people. There is a severe feeling of helplessness when put under a condition where a person loses their home or, worse, their family members due to catastrophic events—events that we expect to become more frequent if climate change is not addressed”

Most of the people in this globe think that, climatic changes are meant for catastrophic events like hurricanes and tornadoes. But, he mentioned that, the increase in heat in the year of 2003 results in a massive heatwave in Europe, which caused almost ten thousands of people die due to inefficient housing.

He also added that, heatwaves brings droughts in several areas and also kill food crops that cause illness, malnutrition and death for years. The study also provides most surprising information that, global warming also causes people’s mental health issues and increases risk of getting mental disorders such as depressions, post-traumatic disorders and so on.

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28 comments

  1. Human caused climate change and the many negative effects are reality. Too many in our U.S. Congress deny it's a problem despite the overwhelming scientific evidence. Yet, they keep getting re-elected. Join the efforts to inform more people about the dangers of business-as-usual, that includes retaining law makers that are unwilling to address this very real crisis. Our future generations are literally at risk.
    Learn more at…………. AAAS Climate Change What We Know.

  2. People aren't concerned because in their heart of hearts they don't really believe in man-made global warming. Many say they are, but their actions (or lack thereof) telegraph their real beliefs.

  3. "might affect", " might even cause an increase"….

    Hardly the standard the medical community regularly uses to assess risks to health, causation of disease, or efficacy of drug treatment.

    Is climate change serious? Yes. Is the debate over it assisted by vague, easily attacked speculation? No.

    There's real evidence out there. Use that, not indistinct fear mongering, if you wan to win the debate.

  4. "might affect", " might even cause an increase"….

    Hardly the standard the medical community regularly uses to assess risks to health, causation of disease, or efficacy of drug treatment.

    Is climate change serious? Yes. Is the debate over it assisted by vague, easily attacked speculation? No.

    There's real evidence out there. Use that, not indistinct fear mongering, if you wan to win the debate.

  5. I am a techie who believes that humans are a cause and we have to act quickly to prevent disaster.

    But… we made a fatal error. We hired a failed politician (Al Gore) to be a spokesperson instead of scientists. As all politicians, he exaggerated and embellished, then turned the issue into both self-advancing and a political issue.

    Now we have not only lost half of the votes and mindshare in the US who are of ex-VP Gore's political party's rivals, but convinced a big chunk of even the Democrats that the warnings are the usual lightweight banter to get votes.

    I hope there is a next time after this issue, but next time, let the scientists or at least someone impartial and believable be the spokesperson.

  6. Living in the oilfield capital of TX, which means dealing with multiple hazards getting oil from drilling sights to all the chemical processes and transport on roads, rails, and shipping channels. Environmental hazards in every way shape and form . Google the cancer rates in TX, pretty damned scary..

  7. Bring the denier machine to it's knees!
    President Obama must order the CO2 scientists to end this debate and say a CRISIS is; "proven" before it's too late to say; "proven".
    How close to unstoppable warming will science drag this debate to save the planet?

  8. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  9. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  10. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  11. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  12. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  13. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  14. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  15. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  16. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  17. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  18. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  19. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  20. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  21. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  22. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  23. A medical emergency? This has to be one of the most extreme examples of propaganda / alarmism I have seen on this topic. Satellite data from RSS and UAH indicates we are 18 years into a pause or hiatus in global temps.
    http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2015/may2015/2015-graph.jpg
    http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html
    The actual data clearly shows lower rates of infant mortality and longer life spans over the last 125 years. The last few decades of "climate change" do not indicate any reversal of this trend.

  24. Hogwash! Gore has been telling us what the experts have been saying for decades. Had he been elected we would be much further down the road to shifting to sustainable generations and use of energy. Instead we had w/cheney, a needless war, and catering to the fossil fuel industry.

    Learn more at…. NASA Climate Change Consensus.

  25. More hogwash! Recent studies show that there was no "hiatus" in the increasing temperature trend. But thanks for your "analysis" of the data. I'll stick with the respected experts like NOAA.

  26. oh, its paused, well that is great news, get those coal fires on, nothing to worry about here.

  27. The medical system has been a major cause of climate change, particularly through vaccination. It should have been rather obvious that we couldn't save all those lives without corresponding compulsory birth control. So now it is all reversing naturally.., basically, it has to if we are to save any complex organisms, including our own species from the catastrophe we have brought on ourselves.
    Fight for the future, people. Fight for and with your lives and for all you love about this planet because we are killing it with fossil fuel enabled expansionist economy and our human locust plague which destroys everything we touch. I've nothing against humans (except for the drivers of the fossil fuel industry) and I would hate for all our culture and achievement to be in vain.

  28. We are living on borrowed time. It would be nice if you were right, but I'm afraid that you are not. Read some science, not old fossil fuel industry propaganda.

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