A new report from one of the world's most notable medical journals says Canada's failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions does not kill the planet alone, it's killing Canadians.
The report on the effects of climate change on health, published on Wednesday in The Lancet, brings to the conclusion that climate change addressing is successful is & # 39 The more governments can do to improve the health of the people of this century.
Chronic exposure to air pollution from greenhouse gas emitting activities contributes to deaths of approximately 7,142 Canadian Canadians per year, and 2.1 million people worldwide, the report said.
Heat waves, forest fires, floods and large storms cause more deaths and long-term illness but only a small amount of data is available on size.
The first recommendation in the report is to track the number of illnesses and heat-related deaths in Canada, something that is not done in most provinces.
Kevin Key / Slipping through Getty Images The 2018 wild wild season is the most destructive record in California, with a total of 7,579 fires burning.
The 2018 wild wild season is the most destructive record in California, with a total of 7,579 fires burning.
In the last summer, public health officials in Quebec reported that 90 people died during a heat wave. East and east Ontario is the same heat but Ontario does not track heat-related deaths the same way, so nobody knows how many people are affected in the province.
Dr. Courtney Howard, an emergency doctor from Yellowknife, who wrote Canada's part of the report, is currently the world fast for a temperature increase that we can not adapt, leading to more deaths and diseases.
The world's average surface temperature is already about 1 C warmer than in the pre-industrial phase, and if we continue to emit greenhouse gases at current levels, the increase will be between 2.6 C and 4.8 C by the end of the century, he says.
"We are not sure that we can adapt to that in a way that we can maintain the same stability and healthcare systems that we will use," says Howard.
"We talk about not just holding disease levels, we talk about our ability to provide healthcare."
The minor particles of air pollutants cause premature deaths of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, respiratory infections and chronic lung disease. More common heat waves contribute to the heat stroke and more intense pollen seasons, which can exacerbate allergy and asthma, so that forest fires can.
"We are not sure that we can adapt to that in a way that we can maintain the same stability and healthcare systems that we will use," Dr Courtney Howard, an emergency doctor from Yellowknife.
Warmer temperatures also help to thrive insects, which mean more diseases that are transported by the bug. The incidence of Lyme disease, which is carried by tuckers, only raises 50 per cent in 2017.
Howard said that a new term emerging among healthcare workers is "eco-concern", which describes the stress of thinking caused by climate change – or even the threat they could happen.
Public health officers will have to adjust their responses to hazards such as forest fires, because more density and frequency of fires mean that more communities have a bad atmosphere for many more, says Howard.
Most health authorities will advise people to stay indoors on smoking days, but when those periods last for weeks, that is not a sustainable solution.
Marc Bruxelle through Getty Images The increase is also flooding.
The increase is also flooding.
This is a crisis & # 39;
In San Francisco this month, smoke from wild fires made the sky some of the most dangerous in the world. Doctors told people to stay in, and wearing masks if they had to go outdoors.
Howard said work was underway to improve smoke predictions, so people can be told when they can expect to go outdoors and exercise exercise and sunlight safely during extended smoke warnings.
He said that the last few summers have informed Canada what climate change will mean, with a forest firewood that breaks a record in Britain in 2017 and 2018, drought on the Prairies, heat waves in central Canada, and flooding in almost coastal communities to coast. Some people said that this is a normal new – but that is not.
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"It will be worse within 10 years," he said.
Howard said that if we will not increase our efforts, the change to the world will be huge, including more wars and migration.
"I'm a crisis doctor and I'm working on this because this is a crisis," he said.
The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Public Health Association say they agree with Lancet's findings and recommendations.
"Healthcare professionals see the serious health effects of our changing climate directly," said Dr Gigi Osler, president of the Canadian Medical Association, in a statement.
"From wild fires to heat up to new infectious diseases, we are already treating the effects of health of climate change," he said.
"This is vital public health of time."
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