The global community cannot stand in wait for the coronavirus pandemic to pass in order to initiate action that will rapidly reduce emissions, the primaru cause of climate change, says the United Nations-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC)
GENEVA — Health experts warn that global warming is already affecting people’s health so much that emergency action on climate change cannot be put on hold while the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Based on latest data from the UN-IPCC, health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world.
“Since the pre-industrial era, temperatures have risen around 1.1°C (34 °F) and in the past 20 years, heat-related mortality among people older than 65 years has increased by more than 50 percent,” the panel noted.
“The increasing temperatures are bringing dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality,” it added.
Aside from these health issues, it also disclosed that there is the alarming decline in agricultural production that hampers efforts to reduce global under-nutrition.
“These effects, which hit those most vulnerable like minorities, children, and poorer communities hardest, are just the beginning because as things stand right now, global warming could reach +1.5°C on pre-industrial levels around 2030,” the UN-IPCC stated.
“And that, along with the continued loss of biodiversity, the risk catastrophic harm to health will be impossible to reverse,” it stressed. (TRC/The MiNT)