Impact of climate change on public health.
By Alexander Salazar-Ceballos and Lídice Álvarez-Miño.
The current climate change is occurring as a result of human activities, which primarily through the burning of fossil fuels generate carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. The consequences of climate change on health human are severe and will affect water, air and food and the most vulnerable are children and old people in extreme poverty. Increasing the temperature will increase air pollutants, contributing to mortality from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. The World Health Organization has referred to climate change as a threat to public health (1).
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1. World Health Organization. Protecting Health from Climate Change. Connecting science, policy and people. 2009. 36 p. [En línea][citado 2013 julio 24]. Disponible en URL: http://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/reports/9789241598880/en/