The past week discussing climate change was really nothing new for the majority of us. We have all seen the charts and read articles about how badly humans are effecting the environment. We all know that if society continues with the practices we do now, we will likely see something similar to the apocalypse happening. What people don’t think about is how quickly climate change has effected human health.
A direct product of climate change is people dying of heat strokes. In India, over 1000 people died in one week from a heat wave in 2015. The heat was so intense that it caused the streets to melt. This is also happening in the United States with 13 people dying in one week in 2013. There have been a total of 7,233 heat-related deaths in the U.S. between 1999 and 2009. Those most effected by heat waves are those who work outside, the elderly, and the homeless.
Heat waves are expected to become common as the earth’s temperature continues to rise. These heat waves will also cause flooding and other intense weather phenomenon that will lead to more deaths.