Climate change will cause more deadly heat waves, infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages in the future, experts warned at the recently held Climate & Health Meeting.
The meeting, which took place on Thursday at the Carter Center in Atlanta, was organized to replace the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) climate change conference that was abruptly canceled by the federal agency in January, ahead of President Trump’s inauguration.
In a keynote speech at the meeting, former Vice President Al Gore said, “The extreme weather events calculated by the insurance industry have obviously been increasing. As I’ve said on other occasions, every night on the television news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.”
The former vice president urged scientists and health care providers to work together in order to combat the adverse effects of climate change.
The meeting was originally supposed to be a three-day even, but when the CDC cancelled that event following Trump’s victory in the presidential election, Gore organized a one-day meeting instead.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also warned in a report that climate change will likely cause additional 250,000 deaths from heat stress, malnutrition and spread of infectious diseases like malaria per year.