Climate change on Earth

How climate change affects our health?

Climate change on Earth can be seen by everyone and every day we feel the consequences of it. We are witnessing that these are not short-term changes; the seasons hardly differ from each other, there are frequent droughts, floods, tsunamis and other weather conditions, which in previous years were rare. In this article we will not deal with conspiracy theories such as chemtrails (spraying from the air), the HAARP systems and weather control over the Balkans. We admit these themes are very attractive, as well as global warming issue, and many are interested in these topics. We will deal with the consequences of climate change on people’s health.


The effects of climate change are becoming more obvious, but the question is how they specifically affect human health. A detailed analysis and assessment of the consequences that climate change has on health is still not done in some parts of the world, but effects during extremely hot or cold days are being registered which help doctors more frequently seek chronically ill, the elderly and children. It would seem that meteropathy (worsening of symptoms of chronic diseases, and in completely healthy people it causes: chronic fatigue, mood swings, decreased concentration, apathy, insomnia, phantom pain ...) ceased to be a medical syndrome with abstract causes and conditions and become a disease that, according to the world health organization, affects as much as 30 percent of the world population and is on the 'everyday increase, which certainly is not good, nor promising. However, apart from the obvious effects caused by drastic weather changes, there are some "invisible" effects on health, which will only manifest in the coming generations to come, so the protection of the environment is of crucial importance for the general health of the population.

The importance of monitoring climate changes and their impact on humans is a topic that has occupied the scientific community around the world. To what degree the population is able to adapt to climate change and what determines its vulnerability to the impacts of future climate change? Vulnerability (susceptibility to infections) of population, which is caused by changes in the meteorological factors can stimulate the change of certain diseases. The main role in this have direct effects of exposure to low and high temperatures, the effects on health in times of extreme phenomena (floods, strong winds, droughts), increase of the frequency of diseases transmitted through water and food and geographical changes. Priorities of lesser importance are other diseases that are transmitted by ticks, then encephalitis, Lyme disease, Toscana virus, aeroallergens, specifically pollen, diseases carried by rodents, Hantavirus and leptospirosis, harmful algae and bio toxins.


Scientists believe that there is no health aspect that climate change does not affect, starting with the most obvious, such as cardiovascular disease (increase in mortality during the heat waves and death due to heat stroke) or allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma (meteorological parameters affecting the distribution and seasonal producing allergens). Since weather conditions and climate changes in the world affect the concentration of air pollutants, in the long run, as a consequence this may increase the number of people affected by cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. In coming years, due to climate change the experts expect the increase in the incidence of various infectious diseases (malaria, a disease carried by rodents and ticks, and diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food and water), because high temperatures shorten the development time of pathogens in vectors and increase the risk of transmission. For example, because of high winter temperatures certain survival of certain organisms that cause disease, but on the other hand, extreme precipitation can affect the transmission of disease agents (floods contribute to the growing population of mosquitoes and bringing of an epidemic). Also due to natural disasters pollution of water sources can occur as well. Climate changes directly influence the supply of water and its quality. However, one should not forget the psychological aspect of climate change, because situations like floods, when people are afraid for their lives and property, increase post-traumatic stress and cause a variety of mental disorders. Therefore, our environmental protection must become a priority.


Although these predictions are acting as an apocalyptic horror story, it is a certainty to which we can prepare a detailed analysis and a plan that can eliminate the worst scenario. This plan includes a systematic approach to protection against natural disasters, control of disease vectors (insects, rodents ...), building sustainable systems for irrigation and drainage, education about the population, as well as the personal responsibility of the individual (health education, hygiene, environmental and social responsibility). In the coming years an increase of the frequency of various infectious diseases is to be expected, because climate change, primarily high temperatures shorten the development time of pathogens in vectors and increase the possibility of transmission.

Scientists claim that dangers do not end here. In fact, we should not forget complex health problems such as hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. All these things may occur due to flooding or drought that can cause food shortages or reduce the nutritional value of agricultural products. We recommend you to read the article: are you a meteopath?