We have read earlier that climate change can turn 50 million refugees by 2010, and exacerbate misery. But deaths! Yes, and that too, it is estimated to contribute to more than 150,000 deaths and 5 million illnesses each year! It is a toll that could double by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. Warmer temperatures and heavy rain in South Asia have led to the worst outbreak of dengue fever there in years, WHO officials reported this recently. The mosquito-borne illness, which is now beginning to subside, has infected 120,000 South Asians this year and killed at least 1,000, WHO said.
Climate change is driving up rates of malaria, malnutrition and diarrhea throughout the world. The WHO data show that rising temperatures disproportionately affect poor countries that have done little to create the problem. The Asian and South American Pacific coasts, as well as the Indian Ocean coast and sub-Saharan Africa are the regions most at risk from climate change.
Via: The Washington Post