I just wish they would stick to health....and not talk about 'changing lifesyles'...
The World Health Organization is sounding the alarm about the potential health effects of global warming in the coming years.How about just spending money on eliminating malaria right now??? No need for lifestyle changes. I believe that there are true environmental problems that we should address - including malaria, low nutrition in Africa, AIDs in Africa, and safe drinking water. But, let's tackle these problems directly, rather than through a very expensive indirect approach (and very uncertain) lifestyle changes.
The hardest hit countries will be poorer nations in Asia, where, according to the WHO, millions of people will face hunger, disease, and poverty due to rising temperatures and increased rainfall.
Diseases such as malaria and diarrhea, along with malnutrition and floods, could cause about 150,000 deaths around the world each year.
"Without urgent action through changes in human lifestyle, the effects of this phenomenon on the global climate system could be abrupt or even irreversible, sparing no country and causing more frequent and more intense heat waves, rain storms, tropical cyclones and surges in sea level,'' warned WHO Director Shigeru Omi on Monday.
Speaking in the Philippines, Omi said that governments will need to reform and strengthen services to monitor clean water, disease surveillance, mosquito control, and disaster preparedness.