Mortality Rising: A review of the Human Health Consequences of Global Climate Change
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The objective of this review is to assess the projected health risks associated with climate variability. Primary studies pertaining to the health consequences of ~kin cancer, cataract incidence, and immunosuppression were used to explore the projected increased incidence of these conditions under the conditions associated with ozone depletion. A similar strategy was used to show the cardiovascular and respiratory risks associated with direct thermal stress and ambient air pollution, and the increased incidence of vector-borne and waterborne diseases present with geographic climate variability. In closing, a section of this review was designed to explore current public health infrastructure intended to protect at-risk populations and to use this analysis to identify what strategies should be prioritized in current public health practices. This paper will combine the two fields of global health and ecology studies, to which this thesis wi11 attribute most of its significance and relevance. With enough appropriate data and correlation done within the research field, preventative global health measures could potentially improve preparedness levels for given illness outbreaks.