Reuters – February 15, 2007
This is a very disturbing article about what happens if the global warming threat occurs. Massive disease outbreak and many deaths.
But the WHO’s environmental health adviser for South Asia, Alex
Hildebrand, said little attention had been paid to the impact rising
temperatures would have on the health of the region’s 1.4 billion
“Diseases like malaria, Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne diseases
and dengue fever will definitely thrive in warmer climates,” he said.
South Asia gets around 20 million cases of malaria every year.
Greater frequency of droughts and heatwaves will not only adversely
affect crops but will also punish those who live with a scarcity of
water and push up rates of respiratory illness.
At the same time, increased rainfall will trigger damaging floods along rivers.
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