Impact of Climatic Changes on Health

Climate Change and Health Matters:

Climate change is a more serious issue than anticipated by most of us. This issue had been ignored for ages and now the situation is demanding action from each one of us, else the generation to come will curse their fore fathers for the damage they had done in the past.

It is predicted that there would be extensive changes in world climate and the repercussions of these changes will be visible across the globe, irrespective of the physical boundaries set by nations or countries. It will not be just your neighbours problem, because the eventualities will be visible with in your courtyard and will have to be shared by you as well.

The individual nano steps taken across the globe towards this issue is negligible in all sense considering the amount of irreparable damage that has already been done over the ages, when we had the industrial revolution in the history and the same taken forward by our fore fathers.

Every giant leap by the human kind was a step closer to awaiting disasters. The early signs are very strong, yet we aren’t serious and bothered on the magnitude of the awaiting disasters caused by polluting the environment, continuously polluting air what we breath, water that we drink and the soil in which we grow our food and support vegetation. Extensive and abusive use of water bodies are polluted as a result of the extensive use of pesticides and stagnation, due to illegal encroachments and constructions.

Everyone enjoyed the gala event at Copenhagen with the media making headlines across the world. But, the lull since then shows how serious we are on the core issue; silence would continue till we have the next summit in some other location.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 24 per cent of global disease burden and 23 per cent of all deaths can be attributed to environmental factors. The burden is more on the developing than the developed countries. In developing countries, an estimated 42 per cent of acute lower respiratory tract infections are caused by environmental factors.

Research findings by NASA and Stanford University indicate that aerosol pollution will slow down winds, impacting normal rainfall pattern in tropical countries. The unique combination of meteorology, landscape, and the large population maximize the effects of aerosol pollution in India.

Most of this air pollution comes from human activities, enormous increase in vehicular population, and effluents from factories and industries. Accumulation of aerosol particles in the atmosphere also makes clouds last longer without releasing rain. This is because, atmospheric water forms deposit on naturally occurring particles, like dust, to form clouds. But, if there is pollution in the atmosphere, the water has to deposit on more particles. Thus, it causes lesser rain and would result in adversities thereafter.

The water bodies are polluted by channeling of waste and by products from industries and house holds, also by extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which gets washed out from agricultural fields to the water bodies, by rains or floods. Hence, it’s high time to curb pollution else, the human race on earth might be endangered.

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