The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages.
These events could cause premature deaths — and they’re all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday for the Climate & Health Meeting.
The Climate & Health Meeting was organized to replace the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s climate change conference, which was postponed in January, ahead of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Trump administration did not explicitly ask for the move, CNN reported in January.
Although Trump has said that there is “some connectivity” between human activity and climate change, he also has expressed doubts about the climate crisis.
I – Word Understanding
Catastrophic – causing great damage or suffering
Premature death – early death
Explicitly – clearly
II – Have Your Say
1. According to some reports, President Donald Trump does not accept the scientific evidence that climate change is real. What is your view on climate change?
2. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is projected to cause about 250,000 additional deaths per year. Let’s discuss the following effects of climate change:
– Heat waves
– Malnutrition / food shortage
– Spread of infectious diseases