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Yngvar Thomassen conducted an open lecture in NArFU on the impact of climate change on human health

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Yngvar Thomassen conducted an open lecture in NArFU on the impact of climate change on human health
26.02.2018
Yngvar Thomassen conducted an open lecture in NArFU on the impact of climate change on human health

Professor of the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health and leading scientist of the megafelt-project NArFU Yngvar Thomassen told the audience about how global warming can affect human health in the foreseeable future.

The scientist noted that the state of health is inextricably linked with weather and climate, as well as with many complex natural and anthropogenic influences. Even 2 degrees Celsius declining is fatal.

According to the expert, a rise in temperature in the Arctic regions can lead to the spread of infections and pollutants. In particular, the number of insects and mites in the world that transmit infectious diseases may increase. Thus, for example could lead to the spreading of dengue fever, Lyme disease and malaria. There is also a risk of spreading water and foodborne infections, as warming will create favorable conditions for the multiplication of microorganisms-pathogens. At risk, the elderly, children, pregnant women, as well as representatives of disadvantaged groups of the population.
Yngvar Thomassen stressed that key actions to slow down the process of climate change and mitigate its consequences are to control population growth (as population growth is proportional to air pollution), development of energy saving system and active introduction of alternative energy sources, economic development and improvement of quality of life.

To receive the lecture materials and ask clarifying questions, you can contact us at: biomonitoring@narfu.ru.

Yngvar Thomassen conducted an open lecture in NArFU on the impact of climate change on human health
Professor of the Norwegian National Institute of Occupational Health and leading scientist of the megafelt-project NArFU Yngvar Thomassen told the audience about how global warming can affect human health in the foreseeable future.

The scientist noted that the state of health is inextricably linked with weather and climate, as well as with many complex natural and anthropogenic influences. Even 2 degrees Celsius declining is fatal.

According to the expert, a rise in temperature in the Arctic regions can lead to the spread of infections and pollutants. In particular, the number of insects and mites in the world that transmit infectious diseases may increase. Thus, for example could lead to the spreading of dengue fever, Lyme disease and malaria. There is also a risk of spreading water and foodborne infections, as warming will create favorable conditions for the multiplication of microorganisms-pathogens. At risk, the elderly, children, pregnant women, as well as representatives of disadvantaged groups of the population.

Yngvar Thomassen stressed that key actions to slow down the process of climate change and mitigate its consequences are to control population growth (as population growth is proportional to air pollution), development of energy saving system and active introduction of alternative energy sources, economic development and improvement of quality of life.

To receive the lecture materials and ask clarifying questions, you can contact us at: biomonitoring@narfu.ru.

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