Due to global warming, there is heat stress, or thermally induced physical strain. The respiratory system is damaged by the smoke from wildfires. Rising temperatures are causing the spread of vector-borne diseases in new areas. The health impact of climate change is evident in these examples.
This issue is being emphasized at the first United Nations Climate Conference. The COP-28 conference began in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last Thursday and will continue until December 12.
To address the health risks created by climate change, ministers from various countries will discuss and decide on actions during the conference. The changing climate has created a looming threat to global health, overshadowing achievements in the health sector over the past few decades.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), experts are concerned that by 2030, more than 250,000 people worldwide may die each year due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and thermally induced physical strain.
Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, an organization working on malaria eradication, stated that extreme weather events are becoming increasingly intertwined with health. The topic of extreme weather has become a critical issue in relation to health.