The latest analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned that by the year 2050, there could be an economic loss of 12.5 trillion dollars worldwide and the death of 14.5 million people due to the disasters aggravated by the climate crisis. According to the report, there is still time for global stakeholders to take decisive and strategic action to address these projections and reduce the health impacts of climate change globally. The report on ‘Quantifying the impacts of climate change on human health’, co-authored with Oliver Wyman, was released at the WEF’s annual meeting. The report seeks to present a comprehensive picture of the indirect impacts of climate change on human health, the global economy and health services around the world. WEF Executive Member Shyam Bishen said that while the impacts of climate change on nature and the global economy are widely discussed, some of the most serious consequences of global warming will be on human health and the global health care system. Unless significant emissions reductions and mitigation measures are implemented, and decisive global action is not taken to build climate-resilient health systems, recent progress will be lost, Bishen said. The analysis is based on scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the most likely trajectory of Earth’s average temperature rising, 2.5 degrees to 2.9 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The report assesses the negative health impacts of floods, droughts, heat waves, tropical storms, wildfires and rising sea levels. According to this, 85 lakh people may die by 2050 due to floods alone. At the same time, about 32 lakh people may die due to drought. About 90 lakh people may die every year due to air pollution and depletion of the ozone layer. The analysis report says that due to climate change, many sensitive diseases may also emerge, which will also include viral diseases. There is a greater possibility of their spread in areas like Europe and America. According to the report, by the year 2050, 50 crore additional people may become vulnerable to viral diseases. According to the report, due to extreme heat and heat waves, there will be an economic loss of 7.1 trillion dollars by the year 2050. Praising India and other countries for contributing to the global pandemic fund, a top official of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said the world is still not fully prepared to deal with any future pandemic and a lot of work remains to be done. Is required. On the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Dr. Christopher J. Elias said that we have learned lessons after Covid-19, but more efforts and discussion are needed. This also includes financial need. Elias said the world needs to be prepared for infections and diseases we know, such as influenza, but also for diseases we don’t know and new diseases that may emerge. Is. But I don’t think we’re quite ready. Elias noted that there has been a lot of discussion about what needs to be done for the world to be fully prepared. He said the World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of negotiating an agreement and is trying to bring countries together on what needs to be done and how it will be financed. The Chairman of the Gates Foundation said that a pandemic fund was created at the G20 summit in Indonesia two years ago and many countries of the world including India contributed to it. That was a start and it has reached two billion dollars so far, but obviously that is not enough.
It is clear from the above facts that if we do not act by becoming aware of the adverse effects of climate change, then the coming generations may have to face very serious conditions and diseases. If we go into the past, we will find that our ancestors had a strong connection with nature. Not only did he worship rivers, streams and trees, he also kept a bowl for cows, birds, crows and dogs. Today we are becoming indifferent towards nature and other living beings and are seen acting only for our own benefit. As a result the balance of nature is deteriorating. If we take this situation lightly then the life of our future generations will become difficult. The need of the hour is that we connect with nature, understand it and bring changes in our lifestyle according to nature so that we can avoid serious diseases in the present and future.
– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor Dainik Uttam Hindu).