Global climate change is great for disease carriers, like mosquitoes, making it even worse for humans. Disease carrying insects and germs of all kinds are finding more of the hot and humid climates that support their proliferation, reports NPR. Kevin Cromar, director of the Air Quality Program at NYU's Marron Institute of Urban Management comments on what sort of health impacts we can anticipate:
Currently when we estimate health impacts from climate change, far and away the majority of all health damage by climate change is diarrhea mortality, and that will be most pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa," says Dr. Kevin Cromar, director of the Air Quality Program at New York University. "Second to that would be insect-borne diseases, like malaria." Combining health research with economic research is the focus of Cromar's work at the university's Marron Institute of Urban Management. The goal is to develop new models to predict the health consequences of climate change.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that "the world will see an additional 250,000 deaths a year from malaria, malnutrition, diarrhea and heat stress as a result of climate change." between 20130 and 2050. To read the full article, go here.