Map Of How Health And Well-being Are Affected In The US By Climate Change
Health and well-being are threatened by climate change around the world. And according on where on the globe you are, there will be different extreme weather phenomena or other issues that come with an unpredictable weather. And to this issue, the United States is no exception. A new report carried out by 11 medical organisations from different fields came out recently showing how different regions of the US will be affected.
“Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker,” Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, said in a statement.
Unsurprisingly, however, many Americans aren’t aware of this. In fact, according to the report, about two-thirds of all Americans can’t name a single way through which climate change can affect their health and their general well-being. With this map, the researchers pointed out what each region of the US will be more at risk from. For instance, people living in the Midwest will have a higher chance of being infected by various diseases carried by ticks, while air pollution and increasing wildfires will lead people from the Great Plains to suffer more from respiratory problems.
Increasing and longer heatwaves will affect much of the interior of the country. These, coupled with an increased humidity, will increase the likelihood of disease. Prolonged heatwaves can also affect people living in Alaska.
Mental health issues are also on the rise. As it turns out, unpredictable and extreme weather events can cause depression and anxiety in people, as well as PTSD in some cases. As a form of coping measure to these issues, many people turn to drugs and alcohol, as a means to counteract them.
Another indirect cause of climate change is the lower quantity of nutrients found in our food. As there is more CO2 in the air, plants tend to have fewer nutrients and minerals in them for us to consume. Increased temperatures will also lead to food spoiling faster, and the frequent extreme weather events will lower our food security even further.
This map here, highlights what each region of the US is more likely to be affected by.