As if we needed another reason to fear global warming. Besides the obvious rising of temperature, an increased focus on other issues has risen. The deadly Zika virus, among many others, has shown a strong link between the changing environment and world health.
HUMANS SPREAD ZIKA BY DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT
Every year, nearly 7 million people die from indoor and outdoor air pollution. Cooking devices, transportation, fires and energy generators all play a role in destroying the environment and spreading disease. Zika is far from the only disease that has been made worse. Skin cancer, lead poisoning, asthma, lung cancer, malaria, ebola and many more have increased due to global warming.
GLOBAL WARMING IS EATING OUR ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
The environment that was so good at protecting us is losing strength. It’s no mystery that that results of the human footprint have left an impact on our environment. It may not be obvious in certain parts of the world but researchers are seeing water stressed areas taking the brunt of the fallout. Over two billion people live in these areas worldwide. The UNEP reports that nearly 1,000 children die every day from the water-borne disease. In addition to that, nearly 42 million die each year from natural disasters. These, of course, are only made worse by global warming. Although the phasing out of ozone-depletion is in effect, the health benefits are still far off. Some countries on the another hand, are taking more affirmative action.
CUBA LAUNCHES ARMY TO FIGHT DISEASE
Environmental destruction and the spread of Zika may be inevitable. Some countries have their own plan. Recently, Cuban President Raul Castro announced a war on the mosquitoes of Cuba. He called out to the population and 9000 army troops to help kill any mosquitoes in hopes of preventing the Zika virus. Physically fighting global warming wasn’t really ever an option. For Cuba, it is. The country has yet to have any cases of Zika. The government, though, has taken the necessary precautions to prevent an outbreak. Apparently, this is just the beginning of how we will deal with global warming. Today it’s waging war against mosquitoes. Perhaps it’s floating cities tomorrow.