[Infographic] How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health
August 31, 2013
Here's a startling factoid taken from this week's featured infographic: After the last Ice Age, it took 12,500 years for the average global surface temperature to rise by 13°C -- or 1°C every 951.5 years. That warming was critically important, of course, to the development of agriculture and, subsequently, the rise of civilization itself.
But the climate continues to warm, and most scientists are less than sanguine about the consequences of that warming. Indeed, even though the rate at which the climate is warming has slowed of late because of something called the Pacific decadal oscillation, climate change researchers are projecting a further increase in the average global temperature of as much as 6.4°C by 2100. An increase of that magnitude would be catastrophic for many forms of life on earth and more than likely would imperil civilization as we know it. But even a smaller increase in the global temperature over such a short period of time would have serious consequences, not least, as the infographic below illustrates, in the area of public health.
Image source: www.health-science-degree.com.
What do you think? Should we be concerned about rising global temperatures and the many public health consequences of a warming climate? Or will we be able to strengthen our public health infrastructure to respond to a continued rise in global temperatures, as we've adapted to a warming planet over the last 12,500 years?
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