Extreme heat impacts our lives in various ways. It effects our transportation systems by grounding airplanes and halting trains, our food supply by wrecking crops and killing livestock, and importantly, our health.
With warming temperatures and thus, more regions growing to become increasingly habitable, climate change is creating a more livable environment for vectors that spread infectious, and often sever, diseases. In recent years, this spread has been very evident in Canada with the northern advance of ticks.
Recent news reports have placed a spotlight on global supply shortages for a variety of foods, among them are lettuce, avocados, rice, vanilla, and cocoa. Changing weather patterns have had an impact on such common household food items, as climate change has gradually altered the environments in which these crops grow and thrive.
The consequences of climate change are much more far-reaching, especially when we consider human health. But, what does climate change have to do with our health? Quite a lot, in fact, because the health of the planet determines the conditions for our health.