Climate change can exacerbate a full 58% of the infectious diseases that humans come in contact with worldwide. Of 375 human diseases, we found that 218 of them, well over half, can be affected by climate change. With climate change influencing more than 1,000 transmission pathways like those and climate hazards increasingly globally, we concluded that expecting societies to successfully adapt to all of them isn’t a realistic option. The world will need to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change to reduce these risks. The largest number of diseases aggravated by climate change involved vector-borne transmission, such as those spread by mosquitoes, bats or rodents.
Source: The Guardian August 12, 2022 12:38 UTC