What Can we do to Fight Against Climate Change?
Climate change is the biggest challenge that humanity faces today. It is one of the most serious environmental issues and it has a profound impact on people’s lives. In order to understand climate change and its causes, we need to understand the ways in which it affects our planet. A number of scientific studies have shown that climate change is caused by human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution.
The majority of infectious diseases that infect humans originate in an animal. According to the CDC, three out of four emerging diseases in humans are caused by animals. Six out of ten infectious diseases that infect humans come from animals.
We have to make a global shift in our approach to the environment.
We need to:
- Eliminate waste,
- Cut down on pollution
- Conserve energy
- Stop using fossil fuels
- Stop burning trash and waste material
- Forestation & Conservation of the Existing ones
This is because we constantly contact our environment and all living creatures. We will be exposed to zoonotic diseases–illnesses that spread from animals to people–no matter how much we try to avoid them. The chances of humans being exposed to new conditions will only increase as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the planet.
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Researchers have published a new study in Nature Thursday that predicts climate change will cause animals to move around, encouraging the spread of infectious viruses. This could be dangerous for humans.
This impending global health crisis is already possible, and it could happen even if global warming stays below 2 degrees Celsius. Anything above that would lead to unstable climate change.
The most important thing to save the planet is to educate our children. We have to teach them about the importance of saving the planet and that it’s not a mere fact of nature but a human responsibility.
We should think about how we can educate our children on this issue and how we can help them in their efforts. We should also start thinking about ways in which we can make this issue more visible, so that more people will be aware of it and think about what they can do to help.
Scientists studying climate change have known for years that storm surges, flooding and droughts caused by temperamental environments are the causes of waterborne diseases and diarrhoea in areas of the globe.
It is not clear how the thousands of mammal species that seek cooler climates will impact the global health landscape. We know of approximately 10,000 viruses that could infect humans in Nature. The majority of these viruses are hidden in wild mammals and have a high chance of infecting humans. This is according to Thomas Gillespie, Emory University’s epidemiologist and ecologist, who did not participate in the study.
Scientists at Georgetown University and other research institutions have spent five years developing computer simulations to help them understand the future.
They wanted to know what would happen if land use and communities of species change with climate change.
Scientists found something startling: 4,000 times more cross-species transmissions of viruses by 2070, and wild mammals will be more likely to share viruses than ever before.
“We found that disproportionately these areas are settled areas that have lots of people, like many of the urban and underdeveloped areas will experience these novel encounters that were driven by past climate changes,” Gregory Albery of Georgetown University, an infectious disease ecologist, said to reporters Wednesday at a press conference. It’s also occurring in croplands more often than was expected, compared to other much wilder areas. These are places that, again, are close to livestock and humans.
Although this forecast did not consider whether animal-to–human viral transmission would skyrocket in tandem, the researchers believe it is very likely that we will see more epidemics of common diseases such as Ebola, flu, and COVID-19 new and unknown virus outbreaks.
An environmental scientist from Georgetown University and co-author of Wednesday’s new study, Colin Carlson, stated that “Climate Change is creating innumerable heat spots for future zoonotic risks or present day risk right in our backyard.”
Experts like Mordecai or Gillespie believe the new study is a wake-up call. However, they also say that more research is needed to understand the complexity of infectious diseases and the many factors (human trade, mobility, other animals, birds, etc.) linked to climate change. There is hope that this research will encourage humanity to act to prevent the imminent doom caused by climate change.
Mordecai stated, “[This paper] provides an important incentive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, It is a pathway through which climate change could affect human and animal healthcare.” “Policymakers must prioritize pathogen surveillance in areas where wildlife, humans and livestock interact, and they also need to conserve intact ecosystems that support healthy animal populations and ecosystem services”.