The EPA released its climate change report last month and noted that continued global warming could likely increase the frequency and intensity of heat waves and heavy storms; severe frequent droughts in big areas; intense hurricane wind speeds; and increases in the occurrence of coastal and river flooding.
Here are some of the likely scenarios that the EPA found:
- It is very likely that heat-related morbidity and mortality will increase over the coming decades.
- The impact of higher temperatures in urban areas can exacerbate cardiovascular and pulmonary illness if current regulatory standards are not attained.
- Hurricanes, extreme precipitation resulting in floods, and wildfires also have the potential to affect public health through direct and indirect health risks.
- Likely increase in the spread of several food and water-borne pathogens among susceptible populations.