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How Climate Change Affects Our Health By City Tech Blogger Erica Fournier

Climate change affects many things in our society. In this essay, I will be discussing the correlation between increased air pollution and respiratory issues. Air pollution has been known to play a big part in triggering hospital visits in people with respiratory issues. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockages and breathing related problems [1]. Asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis are a few diseases that fall into the COPD group.

Air pollution is associated with many signs of asthma aggravation, such as increased bronchial hyper-responsiveness, visits to  ED, hospital admissions, and increased medication use [2]. Air pollution in the form of carbon dioxide and methane raises the earth’s temperature. [3] Increased temperatures and humidity cause air not to move and trap pollutants. This causes irritation in the airway and makes it difficult to breathe. Climate change induces the increased length and severity of the pollen season and the higher occurrence of heavy rain. All these factors make it difficult to breathe and causes increased usage of rescue inhalers. The increased use of medication leads to increased toleration and decreases its effectiveness.

Everyone can do their part in trying to reduce air pollution by using public transportation, turning off lights when not in use, recycle and being mindful of any smoke-related activities such as fireworks and chimney usage. Educating people on the potential triggers and the different ways to deal with them is the best way to help them avoid hospitalization.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/copd/index.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3598823/pdf/2049-6958-8-12.pdf
  3. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/air-pollution-everything-you-need-know#whatis

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  1. Climate change makes the weather warmer and closer to tropical countries, and a huge problem tropical countries have to deal with is the characteristic diseases of tropical regions. There is a medical term to describe these diseases: Tropical medicine

    Climate change has spread these tropical diseases to new places, which the place people know very little about these diseases ,This puts pressure on the medical system, because doctors may have to try to treat diseases that have never occurred in the local area

    High temperature and high humidity help plants grow. At the same time, more rainfall also helps insect larvae multiply, as well as rodents and birds that feed on insects. Tropical rain forests have great species diversity while also containing no harm to humans. The friendly side: Diversity means that there may be more species that are harmful to humans.

    The transmission rate of malaria, dengue fever, dysentery, typhoid fever, hepatitis, plague and other diseases will greatly increase, and even without these diseases, the allergies caused by more organisms and plants are also annoying

    The best way to solve these problems is low temperature, because insects and mice, especially insects, are difficult to survive in winter, so preventing climate warming can alleviate the northmove of the tropics.

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