Climate Change is making its presence known with the impact that is happening when it comes to human and animal health. The Arctic has noticeably warmed up over the last decade and is not showing any signs of stopping. A recent study concluded that the temperature had seen a three times faster rise when it comes to the Arctic. This warming trend is seemingly not ending anytime soon and it can be noticed that the temperature can exceed predictions in the coming years.
This change is not just limited to the Arctic as the melted ice joins the sea; there is an increase in sea levels. The changes have reached us and the local community is taking the heat of the situation. Many observations have been made which has found some of the most profound changes in the local environment, especially the indigenous people of the Arctic. More than any part of the Northern Hemisphere, Arctic is one region which has taken the most damage in the recent years.
Direct Effects of Climate Change
One might not be very aware of the issue that climate change can have on the indigenous people. They have a unique connection with the nature around them. They are some people who have their whole lively hood set on the land, sea and natural resource that are available. The changes in the climate directly affect their well-being as there is an increase in events like storms, floods, extreme temperature crisis, etc.
Indirect Effects of Climate Change
With the changes that are occurring, the indigenous people are very vulnerable to increase stress causing mental and social health issues. Added to which is the increased risk of unpredictable storms which can cause a huge change in their everyday lifestyle. One of the risks that most people do not understand is that indigenous people are vulnerable to the risks of falling ill and with no proper medical support, they face mortality issues. With melting water, they have exposed themselves to bacterial and viral diseases, causing a decrease in their quality of life.
Other Health issues
With the changes in the climate, we can see a relationship which is being built when it comes to meeting different community. This has opened up a lot of different opportunities when it comes to food; this can be beneficial for some but puts them at a higher risk of obesity.
Artic is prone to a lot of endemic and epidemics which are spread from infectious diseases, which they are now well prepared to face. With the lack of availability of vaccines and increasing invasive diseases, the mortality rate does not seem to drop any time soon. But, we can say for sure that with climate change, people are not in safe hands even with the drugs that are produced in recent days. As these drugs are not well suited for their lifestyle and the extremities that they have lived their whole life in.