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Climate change to affect human health


WASHINGTON:  Climate change affecting the atmosphere and causing rise in sea levels will soon be threatening health of the people. This was reiterated in a recently published study on global climatic change.

 US Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator Gina McCarthy said that it was not just about glaciers and polar bears, “It is about the health of families and our kids”.

Higher concentration of CO2 would shape the nutritional values of crops, increase the risks of foodborne illness, would also increase asthma-like allergies. Breeding of disease carrying mosquitoes would also increase.

By 2030 heat wave could increase the ratio of premature deaths. “Climate change is a pervasive problem with many dimensions of impacts, which together I think make it the most serious threat we face,” said Surgeon General John Holdren, one of the researchers.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.