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Flood, fire and Shock: climate change blamed for disasters

Last updated on November 14, 2019

Extreme flooding in Venice, flames in Australia and an epidemic of plague in China have been credited to climate change that this week, even while researchers have cautioned that global warming may saddle future generations with a lifelong disease.

Venice announced a state of crisis on Wednesday following “apocalyptic” flooding swept throughout the lagoon town, flooding its historical basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings.

“This is the result of climate change,” town mayor Luigi Brugnaro stated on Twitter.

It had been the greatest since the listing 6 ft 4 inches in 1966, but increasing water levels are getting to be a normal threat to this tourist gem.

On the opposite side of earth, portions of Australia have been ravaged by rampant bush fires this week, with four people killed and communities made to flee the flames.

Since 2016, areas of inland and northern New South Wales, together with southern Queensland, have been in drought the Bureau of Meteorology states has been driven, in part, by warmer sea-surface temperatures affecting rainfall patterns.

Air temperatures also have heated over the last century, raising the ferocity of both droughts and fires.

The coal-industry supporting government takes the need to lower emissions while asserting that stronger environmental actions would cripple its market.

That pits the nation contrary to its Pacific island neighbors that are especially susceptible to warmer temperatures and rising seas.

Globally, concern about successful actions has surged because President Donald Trump left the global Paris Accord on climate change and required measures to dismantle environmental protections.

Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are one of the planet’s sole leaders who openly question the science of climate change, despite catastrophic fires in their nations — at California and the Amazon basin — who environmentalists at least partially blame global warming.

While the politicians argue that the concern is growing about the effect on the health of a warmer globe.

Both were infected from the state of Inner Mongolia, in which rodent populations have expanded drastically after persistent droughts, worsened by climate change, state media said.

An area the size of the Netherlands was struck with a”rat plague” past summer.

The broader consequences for health are sobering.

The Lancet medical journal published a study that week stating climate change was harming people’s health by boosting the amount of extreme weather events and exacerbating air pollution.

A warmer world attracts dangers of food shortages, infectious diseases, flooding, and intense heat.

If nothing is done, the consequences could load a whole generation with illness and disease during their lives, researchers said.

“Children are especially vulnerable to the health dangers of a shifting climate. Their bodies and immune systems are still growing, which makes them more prone to illness and environmental pollutants,” explained Nick Watts, among those that headed the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change research.

Health harm in early youth is”persistent and pervasive,” he cautioned, attracting lifelong consequences.

“Without immediate action from many nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, profits in health and life expectancy are going to be jeopardized, and climate change will come to identify the overall health of a whole generation,” he told a London briefing.