Health Impacts of Global Warming Essay

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‘The Implications For Health In Global Warming’

This essay will discuss global warming and the degree to which it will negatively affect people’s health and well being. Negative global warming related health effects will vary greatly due to geographical location and socio-economic status. Generally developed countries will be far better placed to confront the health challenges of climate change, than the developing word that already experiences a lower average state of health and less developed infrastructure.

Global warming refers to the measurable increase of average global air temperatures over the century (1905 to 2005). The 2001 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C) concluded that since the mid
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Water centred disasters including floods, cyclones, hurricanes and rain-storm spawned tornados cause death and injury through the effects of flooding, falling objects, motor vehicle accidents, falls and chain-saw injuries related to cleaning up after the event. The incidence and severity of tropical cyclones has been increasing over the last thirty years and since 1970, the number of category four and five cyclones has doubled.
The I.P.P.C. predicts that over the next century, tropical cyclone wind speed could increase by between five and ten percent, with a twenty to thirty percent rise in precipitation. (Aalst, 2006, McMichael et al, 2003, & Diaz, 2006)

In developing nations, the health consequences of flooding are more severe due to lower public health standards, generally poorer sanitation infrastructure and the often already diminished health status of many citizens. During the 1988 Bangladesh flood, diarrhoea was the most common cause of death in people under the age of forty five displaced by flooding. In addition to this, the number of severely malnourished children greatly increased as a result of the flooding. Adverse psychological health effects as a result of flooding in Brisbane during 1974 included, fifty flood linked suicides and an increase in the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Aalst, 2006, McMichael et al, 2003, & Diaz, 2006)

El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a phenomena occurring

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