Global warming will lead to significant changes in our natural ecosystems. And some of those are measurable in various countries around the Earth. The emergence of specific animal species that carry certain diseases, along with the increase in allergies and asthma incidence, is the most dramatic effect of climate change on human health.
Warmer temperature favor the proliferation of insects that carry diseases
It is evident that the warmer winters and the heat waves during summers favor the development of insects species. Earth’s climate is experiencing greater temperature fluctuations, and this permits insect species such as ticks to travel much further than before from, extending their habitat.
In the ticks cases, farmers and joggers, as well as children playing in parks, are the first victims, and we already know how harmful can be the Lyme disease that these insects can transmit when they bite.
Besides ticks, global warming also favors tiger mosquitoes proliferation, and these insects can carry lots of diseases, including diseases such as viral encephalitis, dengue, Zika, or chikungunya. On the other hand, warmer temperatures also favor the Anopheles mosquitoes which carry the malaria virus.
Global warming increases the incidence of allergies and asthma
The significant fluctuations in temperature and atmospheric pressure that can occur from a day to another can trigger storms and winds and scatter pollens to a larger area, while the warmer winters lengthen the pollination season from mid-January to the end of June. Therefore, people with allergies are exposed to more severe and, above all, much longer allergic attacks.
Slowly, global warming becomes the biggest danger for allergic people, increasing the incidence of allergies and asthma, and the governments are helpless in this regard as the measures taken so far are only long-term, and positive results are yet late to appear.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.