Heres How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Your Health, Based On The State You Live In

Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we’re facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.

On a more local level, experts say the US will be unrecognizable in 100 years.

But just how is all of this affecting you your country, your coastline right now?

A new report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health reveals that different geographic regions in the US are facing a range of effects, many of either already taking shape today. Some of them are as geographically specific as to affect merely one state.

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The Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Public Health

Here are a few of the changes the report outlines 😛 TAGEND

Heat, heat, heat

Climate change lengthens summer months and attains them hotter and more humids. During these episodes, it’s more likely that people will suffer heat-related illness like hot stroke or dehydration. People most at risk include those who works outdoors, student athletes, pregnant women, and people without access to air conditioner.

Some drugs, including antipsychotics, also interfere with our bodys natural ability to regulate its temperature, so people using these narcotics are also at a heightened risk.

Erratic climate

Droughts, wipeouts, and floods like Hurricane Sandy have become increasingly common. As we watched with Sandy, these cyclones can have a devastating impact on infrastructure including public transit and energy, interfering with access to health care facilities.

Danny and Alys Messenger canoe away from their inundated home in Prairieville, La ., Aug. 16, 2016. AP Photo/ Max Becherer

Dirtier air

Allergy seasons are already getting worse as a result of air pollution. Why? Carbon dioxide, one of the primary drivers of climate change, makes plants grow faster and increases the amount and potency of their pollen. Rising temperatures also lengthen allergy season, and drier, warmer conditions increase wildfire danger, who are capable of exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma.

Bugs and more glitches

Nymph blacklegged tickings( right) are tiny compared to adults( left) but are the most common vectors for Lyme disease.Getty Images

Shifting regional climates are allowing many diseases spread by insects like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas to flourish beyond their present confines. The mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, for example, thrive in warm, moist conditions that are becoming more common around the US. Lyme disease-carrying tickings have also expanded their range to more northern and western regions of the country.

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