Health effects of climate change felt worldwide

Climate change could be responsible for as many as 150,000 deaths around the world every year, according to health experts at the UN climate change conference being held in Montreal.

The biggest culprit is diarrhoea caused by contaminated water, but heat waves and insect-borne diseases are also growing problems.

Warmer weather helps microbes and insects to breed faster, setting conditions for the spread of bacterial disease or insect-borne viruses such as West Nile. More extreme weather can also lead to flooding, air pollution and smog.

People with respiratory problems and allergies feel the effects of changing weather patterns, a trend Canadian medical professionals have noticed.

“Climate comes in and exacerbates certain of these situations,” said Jacinthe S