Climate Change Will Aggravate the Spread of More Than 200 Infectious Diseases
A study found that over 200 infectious diseases have been aggravated by climate change at some point.
Lyme disease, for example, has doubled since 2010 because of an increase in the global tick population from longer summers, warmer winters, and changes in precipitation.
Scientists warn that if we don't take aggressive actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we'll see even more disease outbreaks in the near future.
The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that 218 of 375 known communicable diseases-58%-have at some point been made worse by global warming, sea level rise, or other climate impacts of the ongoing emission of greenhouse gasses.