Rising sea levels put coastal areas and island nations at risk of flooding and may make some areas uninhabitable. Drought may also cause mass migrations to other regions.
The Centers for Disease Control - the federal agency whose mission is to protect the health of all Americans - is focusing on a long list of possible health consequences of climate change, including:
- injuries caused by severe weather (hurricanes, cyclones, tornados, flooding) and heat exposure,
- increases in allergies, asthma and respiratory illness rates due to increases in ground-level ozone levels, airborne allergens and other pollutants,
- increases in diseases carried by mosquitoes and other insects - malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus and others,
- increases in water-borne illnesses such as cholera and other diarrheal diseases,
- threats to the safety and availability of food and water supplies,
- negative impacts of mass migration and regional conflicts…..